Jury Finds Comedian Bill Cosby Guilty of Sexual Abuse

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Constand remained stoic as the verdicts were read, and only later embraced supporters and the other accusers in the same court where almost one year ago, a mistrial was declared during Cosby's trial on the same charges after jurors weren't able to reach a unanimous verdict. "When all is said and done, women were finally believed".

The business fallout from the verdict was nearly immediate: Bounce, a TV network that caters to black viewers, announced it would drop reruns of "The Cosby Show".

The jury in Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial found the comedian guilty Thursday of all three counts. Cosby's lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

The panel of seven men and five women was sent home following more than 10 hours of deliberation, from 11:08 a.m.to just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Cosby could remain out of jail on $1 million bail pending sentencing at a later date, as long as he surrendered his passport and remained at home.

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Prosecutor Kristen Feden seized on the characterization of Constand as a scheming con artist during closing arguments, saying it was Cosby who deployed his wholesome TV image to gain the trust of women he planned to incapacitate and assault.

The primary difference between Cosby's first trial and his second was that at last summer's trial the judge in the case, O'Neill, allowed only one additional accuser to testify and support Constand's account, based on the prosecution's argument that it needed to show a common scheme or pattern to Cosby's alleged assault of Constand.

"It is a victory for all sexual assault survivors", Cosby accuser Lili Bernard said. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual.

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

Cosby's new defense team, led by Mesereau, the celebrity attorney who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, launched a highly aggressive attack on Constand and the other women.

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The back-and-forth outside court came as jurors began their work after a two-week trial that pitted Cosby, the former TV star once revered as "America's Dad", against Constand, 45, who testified that he knocked her out with three pills and violated her in 2004.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are kicking off a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defence witness who cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand's credibility.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Cosby's lawyers argued Constand levelled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him and extract a huge civil settlement.

Exhausted jurors called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby's old deposition testimony.

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