Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Jury Finds Comedian Bill Cosby Guilty of Sexual Abuse

Jury Finds Comedian Bill Cosby Guilty of Sexual Abuse

Comic and entertainer Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts in his retrial on charges of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from a non-consensual sexual encounter 14 years ago.

Cosby faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $75,000.

In 2017, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele - who vowed to prosecute Cosby while campaigning for office - filed his case.

Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Cosby then left the courthouse with his lawyers and publicist.

His defense team tried to paint Constand as a con artist who showed romantic interest in the comedian in order to concoct false assault allegations and secure a almost $3.4-million civil settlement, at one point calling her a "pathological liar". "She was the first courageous person who stood up in public and went to authorities and said, 'Bill Cosby drugged and raped me'".

Cosby lowered his head and took a deep breath when the verdicts were announced, while three of his accusers who attended the trial burst into loud tears of joy.

The charges were first brought to trial last June, but the jury ended in a deadlock on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice.

Much like the initial trial, Cosby did not take the stand at the recommendation of his legal team. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has denied Jackson's claims. But a decade later, a judge unsealed Cosby's transcript for the deposition he gave in the civil case.

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