Bill Cosby Guilty on All Counts in Sexual Assault Trial

Playing Bill Cosby Convicted of Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby has been found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman in his sexual assault retrial.

During a three-week trial, prosecutors called Cosby a serial predator who was able to hide behind his television persona of a doting and loving dad.

The 80-year-old comedian was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Andrea Constand, 45, in January 2004. Each count carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years. 

Cosby denied those accusations, claiming the two had a consensual relationship.

Dozens of women came forward in 2014 and 2015, alleging Cosby had sexually abused and drugged them. In most cases, the statute of limitations had expired. 

Constand's case was different. She went to police in 2005, saying Cosby had given her pills in his suburban Pennsylvania home that knocked her out, and then molested her. The case went to trial in 2017, and ended with a deadlocked jury.

But this year's proceeding is the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo movement.

"Justice has been done!" cried attorney Gloria Allred on the courthouse steps. She represented several Cosby accusers. "We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed."

Several celebrities took to Twitter to remark on the verdict. 

 

Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau said he was "very disappointed," with the verdict and said he would appeal the decision. "We don't think Mr. Cosby if guilty of anything."

Cosby did not speak outside of court. 

Five women who have made similar accusations against Cosby were allowed to testify in the current trial. At his earlier trial, the testimony of only one accuser was allowed.

A cry went up inside the courtroom when the verdict was read. Constand showed no emotion. She had been painted as a "con artist" by Cosby's lawyers.

Cosby looked down as the verdict was announced. But when Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that Cosby's bail should be revoked because he has a plane and is a flight risk, he spoke out.

"He doesn't have a plane, you a-----e," Cosby said loudly. "I'm sick of it, you a-----e."

Afterward, Steele told reporters, "That's just him acting out. You got to see a brief view of who he was." The prosecutor said Cosby pretended to be gentle man he portrayed on The Cosby Show. "It was an act. It was an act."

Constand met Cosby in 2002, when she served as director of operations for Temple University's female basketball team. Cosby was on the college's board of trustees.

She said she considered him a mentor, but that all changed after a dinner she had at Cosby's home, when she was given three blue pills that he said would help relieve stress. 

She took them, she said, and passed out on the living room couch. 

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