Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Three Counts of Aggravated Indecent Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby has been found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago on a couch in his Cheltenham, Philadelphia, home.
According to the New York Times, the famous entertainer was convicted by a jury on the second day of its deliberations at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Philadelphia, of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, an employee of Temple University who he had mentored.
A jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world’s best-known entertainers, and offering a measure of satisfaction to the dozens of women who for years have accused him of similar assaults against them.
On the second day of its deliberations at the Montgomery County Courthouse, the jury convicted Mr. Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, at the time a Temple University employee.
Mr. Cosby’s case was the first high-profile sexual assault trial to unfold in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement and many considered the verdict a watershed moment, one that reflected that, going forward, the accounts of female accusers may be afforded greater weight and credibility by jurors.
The Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin R. Steele, asked that Mr. Cosby’s $1 million bail be revoked, suggesting he had been convicted of a serious crime, owned a plane and could flee, prompting an angry outburst from Mr. Cosby, who shouted, “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.”
The three counts include penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant , all of which are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.
Recall that a jury considered Cosby’s fate last year, but it ended in a deadlock after six days of deliberations.
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