Bill Cosby convicted of drugging, molesting woman

Tonya Becker
April 27, 2018

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law", Allred told reporters.

Cosby did, however, vocalize briefly before the verdict was read. She came to with Cosby digitally penetrating and groping her and forcing her hand on his penis.

Moments ago, the jury in the Bill Cosby felony sexual-assault retrial found the 80-year-old comedian guilty on all counts. At times, they rebuked strong questioning from the defense, such as when attorney Kathleen Bliss asked Thomas whether she was testifying to help Constand. A previous jury failed to reach a verdict last June, leading to a second trial.

The judge ruled that Cosby will remain free pending sentencing.

Cosby's new defense team, led by Mesereau, the celebrity attorney who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, launched a highly aggressive attack on Constand, calling her a "con artist" and "pathological liar" who framed Cosby to get rich.

The prosecution painted Cosby as the real "con", who exploited his fame as "America's Dad" to betray women's trust by drugging and sexually assaulting them against their will.

Only one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby's first trial.

They also heard Cosby admitting he had obtained seven prescriptions of Quaaludes, a now banned 1970s party drug, from a Los Angeles doctor for back pain with a view to having sex with other women.

The star witness for the defense was Marguerite Jackson, Temple employee who testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing. "The women who have come forward are strong and courageous, and they have delivered hope to the countless women whose abusers have yet to be held accountable".

"I wanted to know what pills he gave to me, and why he did that to me", Constand said.

Cosby's defense lawyers had presented logs from flights he took on a private jet in January 2004 as evidence that he wasn't in his suburban Philadelphia mansion during the month Constand said he sexually assaulted her there.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Exhausted jurors called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby's old deposition testimony.

Bill's lawyer, Tom Mesereau, reportedly had his mouth wide and was completely knocked out for 30 minutes while Judge Steve O'Neil read pages of Cosby's own testimony about his sexual contact with Andrea Constant, according to Page Six.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are kicking off a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defence witness who cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand's credibility.

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