Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Bill Cosby convicted of drugging, molesting woman

Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault is now in the hands of the 12-person jury. Jurors received the case Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault
| 27 April, 2018, 01:01

The charges stemmed from the allegations of Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball administrator who said Cosby drugged her with three pills and assaulted her at his home in January 2004.

And she slammed the #MeToo movement itself, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching. A group of women broke through the courthouse doors, crying and embracing each other after the verdict was announced. The comic sat forward on the edge of his chair, showing little emotion.

"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", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters. This case was the last chance Cosby's accusers had to find justice in a criminal court, as Andrea Constand's accusations were the only ones that fell within the state's statute of limitations. Steele told the judge he wanted the bail increased because Cosby was a flight risk, at which point Cosby yelled at Steele, "He doesn't have a plane you a**hole!"

As rapt jurors listened to the judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial read back prior testimony, the entertainer's lead lawyer snoozed in his chair.

Cosby reportedly stood up and in a loud voice, bellowed, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole".

The 80-year-old television star could spend the rest of his life in jail as he faces sentences of up 10 years imprisonment on each charge drugging and molesting Andrea Constand.


Bill James, a defense lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas, said vigorous advocacy is a defense attorney's job, and attacking an accuser's credibility - especially if there are no other witnesses and no physical evidence - is standard practice in sexual assault cases. "We don't believe Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything".

Even though dozens of women have come out with stories of Cosby's misconduct over the years, the previous trial against him ended with a hung jury.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous women who have accused Cosby of misconduct, said this was the happiest she had been with a verdict in 42 years. In the recordings, Cosby admitted he gave quaaludes to women before having sex with them in the 1970s. The judge in the Constand case allowed five of those women to testify on behalf of the prosecution.

Cosby stood up and erupted after jurors left the courtroom. The attempt was to no avail.

Gloria Allred, the lawyer for three of the women who testified, blasted the defense closing as "victim-shaming and victim-blaming" and said Cosby's lawyers had smeared her clients in a win-at-all-costs effort at an acquittal. All of the women except for Lublin said they were sexually assaulted by him.

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