After the sexual assault proceedings against actor and comedian Bill Cosby were declared a mistrial, the once-popular funnyman has big plans that include teaching young people how not to face the same charges, his spokespeople said on June 22.
"Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work," spokesman Andrew Wyatt told WBRC's "Good Day Alabama." "We're now planning town halls and we're going to be coming to this [Birmingham, Alabama] sometime in July … to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby … This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing."
After deliberating for more than 52 hours over the course of six days, jurors announced that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict as to whether or not the iconic star drugged and raped Temple University's Andrea Constand in 2004, so a mistrial was declared, notes The Associated Press. Prosecutors vowed to try the case again.
"Mr. Cosby's power is back," said Wyatt, according to the AP. "It has been restored."
Wyatt added that Constand's case was wrought with "so many inconsistencies" and that he knew that the verdict would either be not guilty or a mistrial.
Cosby was "excited to go home," spend time with his family and "just celebrate Father's Day," Wyatt said, adding that Cosby's "life" and "freedom" were at stake during the trial.
"He's great, I talked to him this morning," Wyatt added.
In the meantime, Cosby will make sure that others are not charged with the same crime as him.
"Laws are changing," said spokeswoman Ebonee Benson, according to WBRC. "The statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended. So this is why people need to be educated. A brush against the shoulder, anything at this point, can be considered sexual assault and it's a good thing to be educated about the laws."
During the trial, Constand testified that the comedian slipped her some pills and then assaulted her while she lay on the couch, unable to move or tell him to stop, according to the AP.
According to one anonymous juror, the jury was split nearly evenly on whether or not Cosby was guilty, and the deliberation room became "so tense" near the end that people cried, notes WXPI.
That man said that there was "no question [Cosby] gave [Constand] a pill," but "he's already paid a price and suffered" for his actions.
Sources: WBRC, WXPI, AP via WXPI / Photo credit: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr, United States Navy/Scott King via Wikimedia Commons, National Science Foundation via Wikimedia Commons