Bill Cosby Honorary Doctorate Pulled By Temple University, His Alma Mater

30 April, 2018, 11:50 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand left and her attorney Dolores Troiani listen during a news conference after Cosby was found guilty on Thursday in Norristown Pa

The verdict in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era sealed the downfall of an entertainer who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing Dr. Cliff Huxtable. He claimed the encounter was consensual. Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor at the time decided not to file charges in the case. He faces a 10-year sentence for each of his three charges, for a total of 30 years, though the judge could rule that he'll serve those sentences concurrently, meaning a max of 10 years in prison.

Shortly after the guilty verdict was announced, several accusers immediately celebrated outside the courtroom. Constand remained stoic, then hugged her lawyer and members of the prosecution team.

And lawyer Gloria Allred (who represented many of Cosby's accusers) said outside the courtroom shortly after the verdict was delivered: "After all is said and done, women were finally believed". But minutes later, prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby's bail because, they said, he had a private plane and might skip town.

Lise-Lotte Lublin was in her classroom at Walter Johnson Middle School in northwest Las Vegas when she got a call from her husband, telling her a jury in Pennsylvania found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"I'm overcome with gratitude", Bernard, sobbing, said outside the courthouse.

Cosby was accused by more than just a few women, and their stories were identical: He invited me to his room, he drugged me, he raped me.

When she came to, she said Cosby was penetrating her vagina with his fingers, groping her breasts and making her masturbate him.

Any sympathy, though, for Cosby would be misplaced.

Comments on "Good Morning America" Friday by Cosby representatives Ebonee Benson and Andrew Wyatt previewed some of the possible appeal arguments.

Many on social media applauded the #MeToo movement as a factor in propelling this case, involving a high profile figure, to the point of conviction.

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But legal experts said the 80-year-old certainly will spend less time than that behind bars, and there's a very real possibility that he may not ever be incarcerated.

In the rape of bill Cosby accused by dozens of women.

Andrea Constand tweeted Friday morning a "very profound and heartfelt thank you" to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its service and sacrifices.

His colleague on the defense team, Katheen Bliss, derided the other accusers as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.

But Cosby had long ago confirmed some of the rumours about drugs and extramarital sex.

In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand's lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'" The sedative was a popular party drug before the USA banned it more than 30 years ago.

His lawyer known as Constand a "con artist" who levelled false accusations in opposition to Cosby so she might sue him.

Lublin was a model in Las Vegas in 1989 when he agency called her, asking if she wanted to meet Cosby.

That mystique won't have worked on everyone - there's a generation of millennials who've never watched and therefore won't consider The Cosby Show a relevant factor, and yet it seemed enough to muddy the waters in enough people's minds. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and appeared in commercials for Jello-O pudding.

He had been "foolish" and "ridiculous" in being attracted to a younger woman but he was no criminal. "He wasn't charged with being a serial assaulter", he said. Constand has done so.


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