Bill Cosby found guilty, faces 10yr-jail term on each count
Bill Cosby has been convicted of all three counts of against him in his indecent assault trial.
The jury reached its decision Thursday after deliberations that started the previous day around 11 a.m.
Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.
The 80-year-old former comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently.
The jury deliberated for more than 14 hours over two days to reach the verdict.
The case against Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women’s basketball team.
She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice.
Cosby’s defense team argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby’s fortune.
The case is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, it represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena.
In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby’s legal team as standing up against “witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism.”
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