Bill Cosby found guilty on all counts

27 April, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

The 80-year-old comedian is accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial on Thursday.

He faces up to 10 years behind bars on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault and a fine of up to $US25,000 ($33,000) on each count.

The case against Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team.

Cosby's defense team argued that their interaction was consensual.

The defense team pointed to the settlement as evidence that Constand was a con artist who fabricated her accusations for a big payday, in their attempt to counter prosecutors' portrayal of Cosby as a serial predator, .

Bill Cosby (left) is escorted outside Montgomery County Courtroom during a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault trial on 3 April 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago.

"When you look at this and look at what Andrea [Constand] has done to stand up and declare what has happened.her actions to help victims stand up and tell what has happened to them.I hope that our actions have shown that people stand up with those victims and all women who are out there standing up.we support them, encourage them to keep it up", Steele said.

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Defense attorney Kathleen Bliss chastised Constand for "cavorting around with a married man old enough to be her grandfather". The Jury also wanted to hear the testimony read to them from defense witness Marguerite Jackson.

But Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.

When Constand took the witness stand, she told the jury that one night in January 2004, Cosby gave her three blue pills he called "friends" to relax her. "The women who have come forward are strong and fearless, and they have delivered hope to the countless women whose abusers have yet to be held accountable".

Cosby also acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter.

Cosby had been a transcendent figure in show business, coming up as a black comedian during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and winning over white audiences with a clean routine.

Later in his career, he attracted controversy for lecturing about social dysfunction in poor black neighbourhoods, railing against young people stealing things and wearing baggy trousers.

Its release in 2015 set Cosby's downfall in motion, prompting authorities to reopen the criminal investigation and bring charges.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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