Bill Cosby Found Guilty on All Charges in Sexual Assault Trial

27 April, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Valerie Santiago
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A video from inside the courthouse showed women running out and weeping after comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault trial on Thursday afternoon.

The 80-year-old television star could spend the rest of his life in jail as he faces sentences of up 10 years imprisonment on each charge drugging and molesting Andrea Constand.

A mistrial was declared in Cosby's first trial in June when the jury failed to yield a unanimous verdict. "Today's decision provides additional facts for the university to consider with respect to Bill Cosby's honorary degree", Cosby's alma mater said in a statement.

Jurors deliberated for 14 hours before reaching a verdict, the AP reports.

Wesleyan University would become the second university in CT to revoke an honorary degree for Cosby, a once lauded comedian and public figure who has faced numerous accusations of sexual assault in recent years. Then as now, Cosby pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing.

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Cosby lowered his head and took a deep breath when the verdicts were announced, while three of his accusers who attended the trial burst into loud tears of joy.

While more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, Constand's is the only allegation to have become a criminal case.

After the verdict was handed down, District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to revoke bail, prompting an angry outcry from Cosby.

The prosecution also revealed for the first time, with Cosby's permission, that he'd paid Constand $3.38 million to settle the sexual assault lawsuit she brought against him in 2005. In the first trial, O'Neill allowed only one accuser besides Constand to take the witness stand. Dozens of accusers pointed to the transcript as vindication of their claims, and public pressure to file charges in Constand's case, which was still within the statute of limitations, increased.

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