Bill Cosby lashes out in expletive-laden tirade after sex assault conviction

27 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Ann Santiago
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Cosby's lawyers also suggested to jurors that the incident could not have happened the way she said it did, even hinting that there is a chance Cosby was not in the Philadelphia area around the time Constand said she was assaulted. She says her clients are grateful to the jury for seeing past "his defence attorney's lies".

And she slammed the #MeToo movement itself, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

He was found guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

For UConn, the revocation of Cosby's degree was the first time the school had ever taken such punitive action.

Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele after the prosecutor demanded the former TV star be sent immediately to jail. Cosby shouted, "I'm sick of him!"

Cosby was allowed to go home after surrendering his passport but will be sentenced at a later date.

Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago.

Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of his accusers whimpered and cried.

Judge Steven O'Neill told the panel of seven men and five women that it was "an extraordinarily hard case".

"The conviction of Bill Cosby on all three counts of assault is vindication for his many victims and the service of justice for Mr. Cosby's heinous and cruel crimes", said Governor Wolf.

Constand, the only Cosby accuser whose case has triggered criminal charges, took the stand for the prosecution over two days, as she did during the first trial. Constand was a "con artist", they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.

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The jury's decision comes less than a year after a different jury could not come to a decision. Five of the other accusers testified against him at the retrial. Constand has done so.

The verdict came Thursday on the second day of jury deliberations.

Cosby, now 80, sat for the civil deposition over 2004 and 2005, in connection with a lawsuit Constand filed against him that would later be settled for $3.4 million.

O'Neill said the question could not be answered.

The alternate jurors are being kept away from the main panel of seven men and five women deliberating Cosby's fate.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law", Allred told reporters.

As rapt jurors listened to the judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial read back prior testimony, the entertainer's lead lawyer snoozed in his chair.

The jury is back for Day 2 of deliberations.

Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand, center, reacts after the guilty on all counts verdict.

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