Comic and entertainer Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts in his retrial on charges of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from a non-consensual sexual encounter 14 years ago. Cosby responded in a booming voice as he leapt to feet. He faces up to 30 years in prison, though he is not likely to serve the maximum sentence. The onslaught all but destroyed his career and his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". As Constand stood silently behind him in a bright white blazer, Steele apologized to her for a previous DA's decision in 2005 not to charge Cosby.
Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of Cosby's accusers whimpered and cried.
While more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, Constand's is the only allegation to have become a criminal case.
The jury of seven men and five women in Norristown, Pennsylvania delivered the verdict during their second day of deliberations that began late Wednesday morning, following a two-week trial. This was reportedly the first time that Cosby's wife of 54 years was present at her husband's trial as she did not attend for the 11 days of testimony.
"Effective immediately, Bounce is removing The Cosby Show from our schedule", said the Atlanta-based network in a statement obtained by EW.
"Mob rule is not due process", defense lawyer Kathleen Bliss said, referring to the #MeToo movement. He later called it "locker room banter" and his campaign issued an apology to anyone who was offended.
She said the pills made her feel woozy, and when she was jolted awake Cosby was digitally penetrating her vagina, touching her breasts and masturbating himself with her hand. Five others testified that they were drugged and assaulted in a manner similar to Constand. In the first trial, O'Neill allowed only one accuser besides Constand to take the witness stand.