Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sexual Assault Retrial, Becomes One Of The First Celebs Convicted In #MeToo Era
The jury has decided.
After 14 hours of deliberation, the jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial has reached a verdict, and Cosby has been found guilty of all charges.
Cosby faces up to 10 years in jail on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
The comedian was accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. While the defense team argued that accuser Andrea Constand lobbed false statements against Cosby in order to gain a civil lawsuit settlement, prosecutors used Cosby's past admissions about drugs and sex and other female accusers' testimonies for their argument.
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According to Deadline, the other women who testified on behalf of the prosecution were Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Janice Baker-Kinney, Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha.
Much like the initial trial, Cosby did not take the stand at the recommendation of his legal team.
Cosby did, however, vocalize briefly before the verdict was read. Judge Steven O'Neill informed the jurors that after the exhaustive trial, they would be provided with a comfort dog before they returned to their hotel, the New York Daily News reports. In a bizarre turn of events, Cosby then stood up and began comically barking like a dog.
After hearing that he would be going to jail, Cosby reportedly began to curse at the prosecutor.
BREAKING: Bill Cosby lashes out at prosecutor in expletive-laden tirade in courtroom after conviction in sexual assault retrial.— The Associated Press (@AP) April 26, 2018
According to ABC Chicago, this is the only criminal case against Cosby to arise following allegations of sexual assault from more than 60 women. The 80-year-old attempted to get this sexual assault retrial dismissed, as he believed the #MeToo movement would lead to unfair bias against him.