Previously I didn't read too about the circumstances about the case against Cosby to be confident one way or the other, however it was mighty suspicious, but I would have to say at that point he was innocent until proven guilty and my suspicion doesn't equal guilt. But then I heard that he admits to using sedatives the same way people normal people use alcohol. Jesus Christ.Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault
BILL Cosby reacted with fury in court after he was found guilty of sexual assault charges, with his several accusers proudly declaring women were ‘finally being believed.’
BILL Cosby, a once-adored icon who was fondly dubbed “America’s dad”, has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in a landmark trial.
It took two mammoth trials but the disgraced comedian, 80, was brought to justice this morning over an incident in January 2004, in which he drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb.
Cosby showed no emotion and looked down at the table in front of him as his verdict was read out — which prompted some of his victims to burst into tears.
But his calm exterior quickly wore off, when prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby’s bail because he was a “flight risk and has a private plane.”
Cosby stood up and in a loud voice, bellowed, “He doesn’t have a plane, you a**hole.”
The explosive outburst prompted Judge Steven O’Neill to yell, “That’s enough!”
Judge O’Neill eventually ruled that Cosby should not leave his Pennsylvania home, and that he would need to be fitted with a GPS tracking device.
The Judge said Cosby would remain free on $1 million (USD) bail but must surrender his passport. He was ordered to stay in Montgomery County pending his sentencing, which was not scheduled.
He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count but is likely to serve them concurrently.
“Because of his age, his medical issues, I am not going to simply lock him up because of this,” said Mr O’Neill.
He faces fines of up to $US25,000 ($33,000 AUD) on each count.
The reckoning comes following the disgraced comic’s second trial, and just over 14 hours of deliberations by a panel of five women and seven men.
‘HE KNOCKED ME OUT WITH BLUE PILLS’
Cosby’s chief accuser, Andrea Constand, bravely took the stand to publicly relay for a second time her recollection of the horrifying 2004 attack.
Constand, 45, a former Temple women’s basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends” and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilised, unable to resist or say no.
It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from 62 women who have publicly said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.
Constand sat stone-faced in the first row but tilted her head back and breathed a sigh of relief after jurors were formally polled.
One of his victims, Lili Bernard, burst into tears as the verdicts were read, prompting Judge O’Neill to call for order in the Montgomery County courtroom.
COSBY TO APPEAL: ‘FIGHT IS NOT OVER’
Cosby waved to the crowd outside the courthouse, got into a car and left without comment.
Cosby’s lawyer Tom Mesereau, who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, says the “fight is not over” and that his client planned to appeal the verdict.
Gloria Allred, the lawyer who represented three of five of Cosby’s additional accusers, declared justice had “been done”, and that she was grateful a jury saw past “his defense attorney’s lies.”
“We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed, and not only on ‘Me Too,’ but in a court of law where they were under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they were attacked, where they were smeared, where they were denigrated, where there were attempts to discredit them and after all is said and done, women were finally believed and we thank the jury so much for that,” she said to reporters outside court.
Well now he is guilty, and this is a criminal, not a civil case, so it was beyond reasonable doubt.