Before the jury deadlocked Thursday on the ninth day of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, the popular entertainer and comedian left the courthouse chanting his “Fat Albert” refrain.
“Hey, hey, hey!” Cosby chanted as he faced crowds of onlookers and reporters on Wednesday night, channeling the “Fat Albert” character he made popular back in the 1970s and 1980s.
A trial to determine whether Cosby is guilty of giving drugs to and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004 has been going on for the past nine days. On Thursday, the 12-person jury announced that it was unable to reach a unanimous decision after almost 30 hours of deliberation but were sent back to the negotiating table by the judge.
On Wednesday, Cosby chanted the popular “Fat Albert” catchphrase to supporters after the jury’s negotiations wrapped up for the day. NBC News reported that Cosby had also chanted “Hey, hey, hey!” after the second day of the trial.
While dozens of women have come forward with similar stories after Constand’s allegations went public, supporters gathered by the courthouse while chanting and holding “Free Mr. Cosby” signs after the jury deadlocked on Thursday:
— Sara Small (@SaraSmallTV) June 15, 2017
The trial, which could end with Cosby spending the rest of his life in prison, has often been called the most high-profile and divisive celebrity case since O.J. Simpson’s trial in 1994.