BREAKING: Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
After years of going back and forth, a jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world’s best-known entertainers, and offering a measure of satisfaction to the dozens of women who for years have accused him of similar assaults against them.
Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, at the time a Temple University employee he had mentored, including penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant, which are felonies.
His first trial last summer ended with a deadlocked jury after six days of deliberations.
The 80-year-old icon had admitted to decades of philandering, and to giving quaaludes to women as part of an effort to have sex, smashing the image he had built as a moralizing public figure and the upstanding paterfamilias in the wildly popular 1980s and ’90s sitcom “The Cosby Show.” He did not testify in his own defense, avoiding a grilling about those admissions, but he and his lawyers have insisted that his encounter with Ms. Constand was part of a consensual affair, not an assault.
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