Bill Cosby has been convicted of sexual assault after a high-stakes retrial. Six women testified that Cosby drugged and then abused them.
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the famed comedian was found guilty on all three counts. Cosby remains out on bail until his sentencing hearing.
When the first guilty verdict was read, some of the comedian’s alleged victims shook and sobbed with joy, according to NBC News.
One of Cosby’s accusers, Lili Bernard, wailed when she heard the verdict. When she started to sob, courtroom staff had to escort her from the room. She told reporters that her faith in humanity had been restored.
When the lawyers were discussing whether or not to revoke the comedian’s bail, he lashed out at the prosecution. because Kevin Steele said that Cosby owned a plane and noted his wealth. The comedian does not own a plane.
Cosby faced dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct over several decades. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who claimed that the comedian drugged her and sexually assaulted her in his home in January 2004. Cosby’s first trial, in June, ended in a mistrial.
Before deliberations, the judge read back the testimony of the defense’s main witness, who testified that Cosby’s primary accuser said that she could “frame a high-profile person.”
The jury was also read Cosby’s 2005 deposition, where he admitted to drugging a woman with Quaaludes, so he could have sex with her.
The comedian is 80 years old, and he is facing the maximum 10-year sentence and a $25,000 fine for each count of sexual assault.
The guilty verdict was a victory for the #MeTooMovement. The group is well known for exposing sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, the media, politics, and more.
Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations against him and said that sex with Constand was consensual.
On Wednesday, a few hours after deliberations began, the jury returned to ask for the legal definition of consent. Jurors were told they would have to figure out the definition on their own using common sense.
The 18-year case, which included two criminal trials and multiple investigations came to an end, on Thursday, when the verdict was announced.
By Jeanette Smith
NBC News: Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial
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