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BREAKING: Bill Cosby Was Just Found GUILTY On 3 Felony Accounts – He’s Out on Bail Until Sentencing, But Could Likely Spend The Rest of His Life In Prison

US comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, each of which carries a potential 10 years in prison. The actor, 80, has been on trial for drugging and assaulting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

From BBC:


Cosby, the first major black actor on primetime TV, will remain out of jail until he is sentenced, the judge ruled.

He unleashed an expletive-filled rant after the verdict, as prosecutors argued he should be denied bail.

It was the second time the actor had stood trial for the allegations, after an earlier jury failed to reach a verdict in June 2017.

At the start of the retrial in Pennsylvania it was revealed that Cosby had paid Ms Constand almost $3.4m (£2.4m) in a civil settlement in 2006.

Cosby is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show.

Around 60 women over five decades have publicly accused the Emmy award-winning actor of being a sexual predator. But statute of limitation laws mean that only one charge has been brought to trial.

Some of his accusers were present in court, and cried as the guilty verdict was returned.

Judge Steven O’Neill allowed five of Cosby’s other accusers to serve as “prior bad acts” witnesses during the trial, as the prosecution sought to establish a pattern of misconduct.

Former US model Janice Dickinson was among those who testified, alleging that Cosby drugged and raped her at a hotel in 1982, when she was 27 years old.

“I wanted to hit him, wanted to punch him in the face,” Ms Dickinson, 63, told the courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania. “I felt anger, was humiliated, disgusted, ashamed.”

The former reality television star testified Mr Cosby offered her a blue pill that he said would help with discomfort from menstrual cramps.

“He smelled like cigars and espresso and his body odour,” she said. “I couldn’t move, I felt like I was rendered motionless.

“Here was America’s dad on top of me, happily married man with five children and how very, very wrong it was,” she said.

The case against Cosby was one of the first celebrity assault trials conducted in the light of the #MeToo movement, which has raised awareness of alleged sexual misconduct by a number of powerful media figures.


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