While he felt the charges could simply be an unfounded attack – one that, he said, echoes decades of oppression against black men by the criminal justice system – it also caused him to reach out to a woman he had once connected with Cosby to help her find an acting job.The Delaware woman, whom Johnson declined to identify – only saying she is “beautiful” – found jobs in commercials with Cosby's help, he said.”Constand's charge was the only allegation to turn into a criminal case.Constand, a Canadian citizen, had worked for the Temple University’s women’s basketball team in the early 2000s when she met Cosby, who was a trustee at the university.Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Less than an hour drive to the south, Delawareans also were drawn into the intrigue of the sexual assault trial, which could have transformed the man once known as America’s dad into a convicted felon.
Cosby for decades was an icon in Delaware, like in the rest of the country, as the actor and comedian shaped perceptions on race and what it meant to be a good person.
Probably best known for the 1980s hit "The Cosby Show," he also created "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," an animated series based in part on material from his stand-up comedy, and appeared in many movies.
Cosby faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from a 2004 encounter he had with former professional basketball player Andrea Constand.
On Saturday, jurors deliberating for a sixth day announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked," and Montgomery County Court Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial.