“It feel like a slap in the face,” said Beth Ferrier, 57, who alleged that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the 1980s. “But this is not a win for Cosby.
“They’ll retry it,” she told the Daily News. “This isn’t over yet, Cosby. And rape is not a joke, and he’s going to be found guilty one way or another.”
Dozens of accusers across the country followed the deliberations in Norristown, Pa., as Cosby faced trial for his alleged drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
The jury deadlock left them dispirited but already looking forward to the 79-year-old comedian’s promised retrial.
Actress Tamara Green, 69, who claims Cosby assaulted her during the 1970s, said she believed a different jury might reach a different conclusion.
“It’s not an acquittal,” said the retired California lawyer. “I have faith in juries. The jury didn’t acquit him. The jury hung. I have deep faith in the jury system.”
Former Playboy bunny Victoria Valentino claims Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969, making her one of dozens of accusers to come forward.
“It’s disappointing,” she said outside the courthouse after the deliberations became futile. “But the fight goes on.”
Fellow former bunny P.J. Masten dismissed the claim by Cosby’s spokesman that the mistrial was some sort of legal triumph.
“This is absolutely not a win for him,” the New Jersey woman told The News. “They only let one other survivor in (to testify). There are 58 of us.”
As for Cosby, she said, “I will not degrade myself to even speak his name.” Masten, now 66, charged Cosby drugged and raped her in Chicago in 1979.
Accuser Linda Kirkpatrick, who attended the trial, echoed Masten’sthat Cosby had won nothing.
“A mistrial is not a victory for either side,” she said on CNN. “It’s a nullification of this trial. So hope springs eternal.”
Ferrier, who now lives in Colorado, said she wanted to give Constand a hug for her bravery in pushing the case and testifying against Cosby.
In Ferrier’s case, Cosby allegedly handed her a beverage to help her “relax” — and she woke up hours later inside her car, her bra undone and her clothes disheveled.
Ferrier said she was already anxious for a Cosby retrial.
“Let’s go round two,” said Ferrier. “Thank God we get to have round two. It’s sad taxpayers have to pay this much more money. But now we’ve had a rehearsal for the show.”