Bill Cosby found guilty of all charges

Bill Cosby found guilty of all charges

Women standing outside the courtroom broke down and cried when they heard news that Bill Cosby was found guilty of all charges raised against him. She and Cosby were once friends.

Cosby faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.

Sentencing was expected within 60 to 90 days, after Cosby submits to a "sexually violent predator assessment".

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

After maintaining decorum throughout the trial, Cosby exploded following the verdict when prosecutors asked the judge to take him into custody, saying he was a flight risk in part because he owned a plane.

The jury deliberated for 50 hours but could not reach a verdict on any of the three counts.

She testified that Cosby slipped her three blue tablets he referred to as "your mates". Instead, they rendered her defenseless, lapsing in and out of consciousness. When she awoke, she stated, Cosby was violating her.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism". Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents more than 30 of the Cosby accusers, spoke as the women stood by outside the courthouse.

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Cosby's attorneys said they were disappointed by the verdict and planned to appeal. Constand has denied Jackson's claims. That gave county prosecutors "new evidence" to give Constand's long-quiescent criminal case new life.

Andrea Constand testified through the trial that she was merely on the trial "for justice".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. The decide allowed only one different accuser to take the stand final 12 months. Prosecutors in Montgomery County at the time decided not to file charges in the case, and Constand and Cosby settled a civil lawsuit for $3.38 million in 2006. His portrayal of the sweater-loving Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" was one of the first mainstream TV shows to feature a black upper-middle class family.

The defense argued that Constand had concocted an elaborate extortion plot, that she was a master manipulator who lied about sexual assault in the hopes of a big payoff. Their tales had been all eerily comparable and ultimately led to the star being ostracized by Hollywood.

She said the defense's closing argument was filled with "rampant and ingrained" misconceptions about sexual assault and victim behavior. "The guy was an actor for a long time", Steele said. He received 5 Grammy Awards after breaking into the stand-up scene in '60s. They awarded Cosby a degree in 1987.

Its release helped destroy the "Cosby Show" star's career and good-guy image.

In 2016, amid mounting allegations against Cosby, UConn revoked an honorary degree they awarded the comedian in 2016.

They mounted regular protests during both trials, including a topless protest on the opening day of the retrial, hoping to influence the media and the public.

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