NORRISTOWN, PA. — After a second jury trial, the comedian and actor Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of having drugged and sexually assaulted a woman.
Becoming, so to say, the first personality to be convicted in this era ” #MoiAussi “, the huge star of the Cosby Show has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault ; he faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the heads.
The jury of seven men and five women returned its verdict after a total of 14 hours of deliberations. The first trial ended last year without the jury fails to agree on a unanimous verdict.
Bill Cosby, now aged 80, is thus convicted of having raped Andrea Constand, a native of Toronto, in his residence in the suburbs of Philadelphia in 2004. The accused claimed that the sexual relationship had been consensual. Andrea Constand, 45-years-old, stated in her testimony that Cosby himself had first given three small blue pills, before the attack without that she could not resist or even refuse.
The verdict is in after two weeks of hearings, during which the prosecution called to the bar, five other women who have testified under oath that Bill Cosby, married for 54 years, had drugged and raped too. More than 60 other women allege that Cosby has used with the same ride, over a period of 50 years.
Andrea Constand said in his testimony that Bill Cosby himself had first given three small blue pills, before the attack without that she could not resist or even refuse.
The accused looked straight in front of him when the verdict was read Thursday. But a few minutes later, he has defied the district attorney Kevin Steele, who asked the court to take the feature to be immediately imprisoned out of fear that she does not take the leak.
Bill Cosby has denied owning a private plane. The judge has finally decided that he could get bail while waiting to know his or her sentence, a date which was not set Thursday.
The defense will call
At his exit of the courthouse in Norristown, the north-west of Philadelphia, Bill Cosby greeted the crowd of the hand before to rush in a vehicle, without speaking to journalists. His lawyer, Tom Mesereau, has announced that it would appeal the verdict.
In the courtroom, the verdict was greeted by shouts of joy and tears. Andrea Constand remained stoic, and then she has embraced the prosecutors of the prosecution. “Justice has been made “, launched on the steps of the palace lawyer Gloria Allred, who defends some of the women who accuse Bill Cosby of rape. “We are so excited to finally be able to say that women are raw. “
In the first trial, last year, the court had agreed to hear a single another alleged victim of Cosby. This time, they are five women who came to testify of what they have suffered. The new defense team was led by Tom Mesereau, who had obtained the acquittal of Michael Jackson, accused of child molestation. The defence was harshly attacked the credibility of the witnesses, and suggested that these women wanted to gain glory and wealth of accusations against the comedian.
Bill Cosby had brought down the barriers of ethnic in the United States by becoming the first actor african-american to hold the star of a television series on a major network, I Spy in the 1960s. Twenty years later, he created the Cosby Show, which has become extremely popular, all audiences alike. He had turned more recently to the stand-up.