Bill Cosby Guilty of Sexual Assault ... Lashes Out in Courtroom

27 April, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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American comedian Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman. During the second trial, the prosecution focused on proving that pattern of behavior and had five women testify about their experiences with Cosby.

Cosby could appeal the conviction, arguing that the jury was biased, "but it's not easy to show the jury was tainted", Yeretsian says. Cosby responded in a booming voice as he leapt to feet.

Cosby attorney Tom Mesereau promised, "The fight is not over", as he left the courthouse with his client. Constand sat stone-faced.

Cosby's been ordered to remain in his home until sentencing. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents more than 30 of the Cosby accusers, spoke as the women stood by outside the courthouse.

Cosby faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count. "He is nothing like 'America's Dad'". He created the top-ranked "Cosby Show" two decades later.

Prosecutors hit back by calling Cosby a con artist, and telling the jury, "He is nothing like the image that he played on TV".

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Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous women who have accused Cosby of misconduct, said this was the happiest she had been with a verdict in 42 years.

Constand, 45, a former Temple women's basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends" and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no.

A couple of months later, she told the court, she attempted to confront Cosby about it.

"This case is about betrayal, and that betrayal leading to the sexual assault of a woman named Andrea Constand".

"It is a victory for all sexual assault survivors", Cosby accuser Lili Bernard said. "When all is said and done, women were finally believed".

Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of his accusers whimpered and cried.

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby reacts while being notified a verdict was in in his sexual assault retrial, April, 26, 2018.

Last June, another jury at Cosby's first trial deadlocked on that question after days of deliberations, forcing Judge Steven O'Neill to declare a mistrial.

The first trial ended just before sexual abuse accusations against rich and powerful men led to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

Multiple people in the courtroom claim Cosby lashed out after prosecutors asked he be taken into custody immediately because he owns a private plane and could flee.

"Mob rule is not due process", defense lawyer Kathleen Bliss said, referring to the #MeToo movement. He later called it "locker room banter" and his campaign issued an apology to anyone who was offended.

His defense team tried to paint Constand as a con artist who showed romantic interest in the comedian in order to concoct false assault allegations and secure a almost $3.4-million civil settlement, at one point calling her a "pathological liar".

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