Jewel Allison stood on the courthouse steps after a judge declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby case and listened to chimes marking the 11 o’clock hour.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we came out here and I’m hearing church bells,” Allison said. “I think God is watching all of us.”
The hung jury was not the outcome Allison wanted.
She is one of 50-plus women who have lodged sexual misconduct accusations against Cosby in the last two years. She says he drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan brownstone around 1990. He denies all the allegations.
A New York-based poet and former model, Allison sat in the courtroom day after day as Cosby was tried for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004 and as the jury struggled to reach a verdict.
When the panel announced for a second time that they were deadlocked on Saturday morning, leading the judge to declare a mistrial, Allison dabbed tears from her eyes.
She joined a small group of accusers who stood in the stately courtroom, hugging a smiling Constand, while Cosby sat impassively at the defense table with his attorneys.
Source: NBC News / and