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

27 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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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. "When all is said and done, women were finally believed".

As the verdict was read, Cosby looked down with a sad expression.

Not long after a jury found aging comedian Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004, the president of Wesleyan University moved to revoke Cosby's honorary degree. Jackson said she and Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss "kind of created" her statement "together". For several weeks the trial was a media spectacle, but after spending more than 50 hours reviewing testimony, the sequestered jury of five women and seven men failed to reach a unanimous decision and the judge declared a mistrial. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, and he remains out on bail.

Gloria Allred, the lawyer for three of the women who testified, blasted the defense closing as "victim-shaming and victim-blaming" and said Cosby's lawyers had smeared her clients in a win-at-all-costs effort at an acquittal. Jurors also requested the reading of the deposition testimony from Bill Cosby in the civil suit filed against him by Constand from 2005 and 2006, specifically the part where he admitted to using the powerful Quaalude sedative when engaging in sex with women. Five of the other accusers testified against him at the retrial.

The conviction follows years of allegations against Cosby from multiple women. "The women who have come forward are strong and fearless, and they have delivered hope to the countless women whose abusers have yet to be held accountable". "Now, we really know today who was really behind that act, who the real Bill Cosby was". "I feel like I'm dreaming".

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The victim, Andrea Constand, is now 45 years old. Cosby has said any sexual experiences he has had with women were consensual.

Like many of Cosby's other accusers, Constand said she was drugged and violated while unable to defend herself.

The defense's star witness was a former colleague of Constand who says Constand spoke of leveling false sexual assault accusations against a high-profile person for the objective of filing a civil suit. It was revealed that Constand received $3,4 million from Cosby after the two settled out of court.

Jurors eventually called it quits for the night with no verdict, wrapping up their first day of deliberations into whether the comedian drugged and molested Constand on a couch in his Cheltenham, Pa., home in January 2004.

The jurors also appeared to be focused on the credibility of star defense witness Marguerite Jackson, a former Temple colleague of Constand's who claims Constand spoke of framing a prominent person for the money.

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