Jury Finds Bill Cosby Guilty In Sexual Assault Retrial
A jury found comedian Bill Cosby guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania courthouse.
The jury, made up of seven men and five women, began deliberating the case Wednesday. Former Temple University employee Andrea Constand alleged that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.
The actor remained quiet as the guilty verdict was read, but afterwards lashed out at District Attorney Kevin Steele when he suggested Cosby be immediately put in jail to avoid from fleeing, calling him an ” a–hole,” according to Time magazine.
Another report said that, the comedian shouted “I’m sick of him” at Steele when he asked for Cosby’s bail to be revoked.
The jury returned Thursday morning and asked to hear the testimony of the defense’s witness Marguerite Jackson, who testified that she had a conversation with the main accuser that included her making a false accusation of sexual assault against a celebrity in order to “get that money” from a lawsuit.
Cosby’s first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict following six days of deliberation.
This time, though, Judge Steven O’Neill allowed the prosecution to call five other woman to testify who also alleged that Cosby assaulted them.
On Tuesday, defense closing arguments painted Constand as nothing but a “pathological liar,” while co-counsel Kathleen Bliss said that the five other woman who testified in the trial were only looking for fame and money.
Prosecutors closed out the case stating that Cosby used his fame to lure woman into situations he could control.
“She told all of you the truth,” Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden told the jury of Constand. “She told you that the defendant drugged and sexually assaulted her in the same exact way he had done so many times before.”
Each one of the charges against Cosby carries up to 10 years behind bars.