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Lena Dunham, Kumail Nanjiani, Alleged Victim React to Bill Cosby Mistrial

Variety logo Variety 6/17/2017 Pat Saperstein
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Hollywood figures including Lena Dunham and Kumail Nanjiani were quick to weigh in on the news that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial had ended in a mistrial Saturday morning.

Dunham was one of the first to make a statement, with a heartfelt tweet string honoring survivors of sexual assault. She tweeted, “Bill Cosby’s trial is about much more than Bill Cosby. When women see justice served, their own fear & trauma are eased. When they don’t, survivors of sexual assault have to watch every day as the legal system calls them liars and denies their truth. It’s an unimaginable grind. My heart is with every survivor reliving the erasure of their own experience today. I see you. I love you. It’s okay to check out of the news and honor yourself today. Do whatever you need to feel whole.”

While the jury was unable to come to a decision regarding the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand, fellow alleged victim Cindra Ladd issued a statement to Variety:

“Bill Cosby has already been exposed as a predator who hid behind his jovial mask for more than 50 years and no jury verdict will ever change that,” claimed Ladd. “Those of us who came forward to speak our collective truth about what he did to us owe a debt of gratitude to Andrea Constand for her leadership and courage in demanding justice. Despite the disappointing outcome of this case, I take comfort knowing that Bill Cosby’s life is now, and forever will be, a living hell.”

The news came early for those on the West coast, but reactions began coming in soon after the mistrial announcement. “The Big Sick” and “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani wondered how Cosby could get an unbiased jury.

“The Ellen Show” producer Andy Lassner said, “I believe you.”

“Girls” director Richard Shepard tweeted a photo of the impactful New York magazine cover picturing dozen’s of Cosby’s accusers.

The official page for the Women’s March even entered the conversation.

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