WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Famous TV star Bill Cosby was found guilty by a jury on Thursday after 14 hours of deliberations.
- The verdict determined that the 80-year-old comedian was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.
- Cosby’s court troubles started in 2014 when more than ten women accused him of sexual assault.
Legendary TV dad Bill Cosby “was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.” The comedian showed no reaction after the verdict was read but started ranting when the district attorney requested that his bail is canceled.
What prompted “Dr. Cliff Huxtable” to erupt was when District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that the bail was not high enough. Cosby was seen pushing away his attorney’s hand and yelling that he does own a private plane and then refer to Steele with an expletive.
“I’m sick of him!” Cosby shouted, referring to Steele. The D.A.’s request to have the bail revoked was denied.
Outside the courthouse, Cosby’s lawyer, Tom Mesereau, told reporters, “We don’t think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything and the fight is not over.”
“Justice has been done! …We are so happy that finally, we can say women are believed and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law,” Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represented some of Cosby’s accusers, said on the courthouse steps.
Andrea Constand, the chief accuser, was emotionless when the verdict was being read while some of Cosby’s other accusers cried.
Constand’s lawyer, Dolores M. Troiani, told reporters “I am so happy today that I can say that although justice was delayed, it was not denied.”
“We’re finally in a place to say that justice was done,” D.A. Steele who also spoke at the press conference said. “Andrea Constand came here to Norristown for justice and that’s what 12 jurors from Montgomery county provided her…and now we really know today…who the real Bill Cosby was.”
The once-beloved TV icon faces up to 10 years in jail on each of the three counts plus a $25,000 fine. Although under state sentencing guidelines, he possibly gets less time. At 80, even a short sentence could mean he will die in prison.
The verdict: Bill Cosby was found guilty of violating Andrea Constand in January 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia home.
A sentencing hearing with Judge Steven O’Neill has not yet been scheduled, and Cosby remains out on bail, Fox News reported.
Source: Fox News