American comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for a full day before reaching their verdict at today’s (April 26) retrial.
He faces a potential 10 years in prison on each count.
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80-year-old Cosby was found guilty of sexually assaulting a former Temple University women’s basketball administrator at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
During his first trial last year a jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days without reaching a verdict.
But today jurors came to their conclusion after prosecutors told the court how Cosby drugged and molested victim Andrea Constand 14 years ago.
Five other women also testified the same thing had happened to them when they were called to the witness stand.
As reported by CBS, prosecutor Kristen Feden told the court in her closing argument:
He is nothing like the image that he played on TV.
In fact, he utilised that image and cloaked it around himself so that he could gain the trust, gain the confidences of these aspiring, unsuspecting women.
The defence however encouraged jurors to acquit the comedian saying the charges were based on ‘flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence’.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 26, 2018
Defence attorney Tom Mesereau even claimed Cosby’s accuser was just seeking a big payday telling jurors:
You’re dealing with a pathological liar, members of the jury.
You are going to ask yourself what did she want from Bill Cosby. You already know the answer: money, money and lots more money.
Mr Cosby’s no criminal. He was foolish, he was ridiculous, he was lonely and attracted to a younger woman, but he didn’t commit any crime and you will gladly find him not guilty.
The opposite happened. Cosby was found guilty during the first major celebrity trial conducted in light of the #MeToo movement.
The movement has raised awareness of alleged sexual assault and harassment by a number of powerful figures including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick.
This Bill Cosby verdict is a big deal.
A really big deal.
Women were sexually assaulted by this man and then dragged through the mud by his lawyers and a lot of the press.
I hope they are able to find some sliver of peace and healing today.❤️
— andy lassner (@andylassner) April 26, 2018
As reported by Variety, Cosby was unhappy with the verdict lashing out after District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to revoke bail.
As the prosecution argued Cosby is a flight risk due to his owning of a private jet, the comedian shouted in court:
He doesn’t have a plane, you a–hole!
He was released on bail.
Bill Cosby released on bail pending sentencing. Prosecutors unsuccessfully argued to judge that he was “flight risk.” Cosby faces max of 10 years for each of 3 counts he was convicted on.
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) April 26, 2018
To date more than 60 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual violence with the allegations dating as far back as 1965 and being as recent as 2014.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill is expected to issue a sentence within 60 to 90 days.
Although Cosby’s team is likely to appeal the verdict, they will be unable to do so until after sentencing is complete.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). They also offer a victim support line on 0808 168 9111.
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