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Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault and facing 10 years in prison

Bill Cosby was found guilty of all three counts of aggravated assault during his trial on Thursday.


Emily Treadgold


The jury in Bill Cosby's retrial found him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand for "penetration, however slight." One, for without her consent, two, for while she was unconscious or unaware, and three, for while she was intoxicated or drugged.

 

The 80-year-old TV icon is now facing up to 10 years in prison on each count.

 

Though the comedian is still on bail, prosecutors asked the judge to take away his bail since he is a flight risk and has a private plane. Cosby, who didn't testify in his trial but after hearing about the possibility of bail being revoked, reportedly exclaimed, "He doesn't have a plane, you a--hole."

The judge ruled that he shouldnt leave his home and they would fit him with a GPS tracking device. The trial was one of the first examples of the #MeToo movement and has shown how public outcry can turn into a court decision.

 

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters, "What was revealed through this investigation was a man who had spent decades preying on women that he drugged and sexually assaulted, and a man who evaded this moment right here far too long. He used his celebrity; he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him conceal his crimes."

We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed. And not only on #MeToo but in a court of law where they are under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they are attacked. After all is said and done, women were finally believed.

Attorney Gloria Allred
CNN

Constand was a former employee of the Temple University womens basketball team. She testified that Cosby, who had a lot of power at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her. Later, five other women came forward with testimonies about the comedian from decades ago, backing up Constands claims.

 

Tom Mesereau, Cosbys attorney, stated that he plans to appeal, saying to reporters, "We are very disappointed by the verdict. We don't think Mr. Cosby's guilty of anything and the fight is not over."

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