Bill Cosby Found Guilty In Sexual Assault Retrial

    Comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty on Thursday on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault by a Montgomery County, Pensilvania, jury.

    Cosby, 80, was retried on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault fordrugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand en 2004. Constand, 44, was a former women’s basketball coach at where Cosby was a trustee and major donor during the time he assaulted her.

    “This is an extraordinary case to have jury service,” Judge Steven O’Neill told the jurors after announcing the verdict. “You have sacrificed much, but you have sacrificed in the service of justice.

    A sentencing date for the comedian has not been set. Each count of felony aggravated indecent assault carries a sentence of five to 10 años. The maximum Cosby could be sentenced to is 30 años, though it could be as little as five.

    De acuerdo a reports, people in the courtroom gasped as the guilty verdict was handed down. Lili Bernard, who was allegedly assaulted by Cosby, and her friend Caroline Heldman fled the courtroom in tears, hugging one another.

    Cosbylashed out at prosecutors after they requested to revoke his bail, with District pointing out that Cosby owns a plane. The comedian reportedly shouted in response: “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole!

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    Cosby outside of the Montgomery County Courthouse during the fifth day of his retrial on April 13, 2018. 

    Constand was seen hugging friends and family and smiling as she walked out of the courtroom. Cosby exited the courtroom swiftly, holding onto the arm of his , Andrew Wyatt.

    A few of Cosby’s accusers spoke at a news conference after the guilty verdict was handed down.

    “It is a victory for womanhood,” said Bernard, an accuser and former actress on.” “It is a victory for all sexual assault survivors, female and male.

    Another accuser, Janice Baker-Kinney, said she felt “vindicated.”

    “We are vindicated, we are validated and we are now part of the tsunami of women’s power and justice,” ella dijo. “We are not shutting up and we’re not going away. Get over it!”

    Abogado , who represents 33 of Cosby’s accusers, also spoke after the trial.

    “We are so happy that finally we can say that women are believed and not only on hashtag MeToo, but in a court of law where they were under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they were attacked, where they were smeared, where they were denigrated, where there were attempts to discredit them,” Allred said. “When all is said and done: Women were finally believed.

    Allred read a statement on behalf of one of the witnesses, Chelan Lasha, whose testimony was used as evidence of Cosby’s prior bad acts to establish a pattern of behavior. “Thirty-two years of nightmares and tears are over,” Lasha’s statement said.

    Cosby’s attorney Tom Mesereau said the defense team is “very disappointedby the verdict, adding that “the fight is not over.He said Cosby’s defense team plans to appeal the verdict.

    In June of last year, a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on the charges and the judge declareda mistrial. Cosby reportedly paid Constand$3.4 million in a civil lawsuit settlement in 2006.

    The Rape, Abuso & Incest National Network released a statement applauding the jury’s decision.

    “RAINN is pleased with the jury’s decision in this case. There are many forces that discourage victims from reporting these crimes,” RAINN Scott Berkowitz said. “Let’s hope the legacy of this case is that victims feel empowered to come forward, knowing that it can truly make a difference in bringing perpetrators to justice.”

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    Andrea Constand (center) reacts after the verdict was delivered.

    [R]emember this case is about trust, betrayal and the inability to consent,” Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said in her closing arguments on Tuesday, de acuerdo aDeadline.

    Assistant District Attorney M. Stewart Ryan added during his closing arguments that “it is time for each and every one of you to stand with Andrea Constand and tell the truth about what he did.”

    Throughout the prosecution’s closing arguments, Cosby was reportedly smiling. Feden called out the comedian’s smirks during her closing arguments.

    “He’s laughing like it’s funny,” Feden said. “But there’s absolutely nothing funny about them being stripped of their capacity to consent.

    In the defense’s closing arguments, Cosby’s attorneys attempted to sway the jury by blaming the recent Me Too movement.

    “When you join a movement based primarily on emotion and anger, you don’t change a damned thing, which is why each single case must be examined on its merits. All of the evidence must be weighed,” defense attorney Kathleen Bliss said, de acuerdo a ABC Noticias

    “Yes, we do have to deal with sexual assault. We do. It’s a worldwide problem,” Bliss continued. “But questioning an accuser is not shaming a victim. Gut feelings are not rational decisions. Mob rule is not due process, and just as we have had horrible, horrible crimes in our history, we’ve also had horrible, horrible periods of time where emotion and hatred and fear overwhelmed us: witch hunts, lynchings, McCarthyism.

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    Caroline Heldman (left), Lili Bernard (bowed head) and Victoria Valentino (far right) react after the guilty verdict was delivered.

    This trial was slightly different from last year’s because O’Neill allowed five additional accusers to testify, as their stories closely resembled the claims made by Constand. Their testimonies were used as evidence of Cosby’s prior bad acts and allowed the prosecution to show a pattern of predatory behavior by Cosby.

    The five other accusers who testified were former supermodel Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Lise-Lotte LublinBaker-Kinney and Lasha.

    Dickinson testified that Cosby drugged and raped her after the two had dinner at a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel.

    “Here was’s Dadon top of mea happily married man with five children. And I remember thinking how wrong it washow very, very wrong,” ella testified, adding later that she wanted to “punch him in the face.”

    Cosby’s lawyers unsuccessfully sought a mistrial during the hearing. En abril 11, a visibly emotional Lasha took the stand to testify that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in Las Vegas, Nevada, en 1986 when she was 17 years old.

    As the courtroom was being dismissed for a lunch break after Lasha’s testimony, Lasha looked at Cosby and said, “You know what you did or “You remember, don’t you, Señor. Cosby?” according to various reports. O’Neill denied the defense’s mistrial request.

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    Protester is subdued by police after breaking through the barriers as Cosby arrived on his first day of his sexual assault retrial.

    The three-week trial was the first high-profile sexual assault case in the Me Too era and tensions were high. Dozens of protestors flocked to the Pennsylvania courtroom outside of Philadelphia.

    One protestor named Nicolle Rochelle, who appeared on “The Cosby Showin the 1990slunged at Cosby outside of the courtroom on the first day of the trial. Rochelle was topless and had the names of Cosby’s alleged victims written all over her body, with the words “women’s lives matterwritten on her chest.

    “He’s a man who’s disempowered women’s bodies for decades. It doesn’t seem to be recognized,” Rochelletold People at the time. “The case is being publicized with this narrative of race. He’s being painted as the victim. I wanted to emphasize that this is about rape. I wanted to make him uncomfortable and to make people think about women’s bodies.”

    Other demonstrators protested in support of Cosby, claiming the entertainer is innocent. One protester passed out fliers at the courthouse throughout the trial that warned of “mass demonstrationsif Cosby is convicted.

    Mas que50 women have accused the veteran entertainer of sexual assault, with many saying he drugged and raped them.

    This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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