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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad.

Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.

The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. One of those women asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”

The panel of seven men and five women reached a verdict after deliberating 14 hours over two days, vindicating prosecutors’ decision to retry Cosby after his first trial ended with a hung jury less than a year ago.

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.

Constand, 45, a former Temple women’s basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends” and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no.

It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.

“The time for the defendant to escape justice is over,” prosecutor Stewart Ryan said in his closing argument. “It’s finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences.”

Another prosecutor, Kristen Feden, said Cosby was “nothing like the image that he played on TV” as sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing father of five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.”

Cosby’s retrial took place against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement against sexual misconduct that has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.

The jurors all indicated they were aware of #MeToo but said before the trial they could remain impartial. Cosby’s lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

After failing to win a conviction last year, prosecutors had more courtroom weapons at their disposal for the retrial. The other accusers’ testimony helped move the case beyond a he-said, she-said, allowing prosecutors to argue that Cosby was a menace to women long before he met Constand. Only one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby’s first trial.

Cosby’s new defense team, led by Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, launched a highly aggressive attack on Constand and the other women.

Their star witness, a longtime Temple employee, testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for nearly $3.4 million over a decade ago.

“You’re dealing with a pathological liar,” Mesereau told the jury.

His colleague on the defense team, Katheen Bliss, derided the other accusers as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.

But Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.

In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand’s lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.'” The sedative was a popular party drug before the U.S. banned it more than 30 years ago.

Cosby also acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter. But he identified them as the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl and insisted they were meant to help her relax.

The entertainer broke racial barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, “I Spy,” in the 1960s. He created the top-ranked “Cosby Show” two decades later. He also found success with his “Fat Albert” animated TV show and served as pitchman for Jello-O pudding.

Later in his career, he attracted controversy for lecturing about social dysfunction in poor black neighborhoods, railing against young people stealing things and wearing baggy pants.

It was Cosby’s reputation as a public moralist that prompted a federal judge, acting in response to a request from The Associated Press, to unseal portions of the deposition.

Its release helped destroy the “Cosby Show” star’s career and good-guy image. It also prompted authorities to reopen the criminal investigation, and he was charged in late 2015.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.

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79 thoughts on “Bill Cosby Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Andrea Constand

  1. African American Woman on said:

    Some of y’all some downright ridiculous…Bill Cosby ADMITTED to drugging women…ADMITTED it! He’s been getting away with this kind of behavior for decades! I see facts don’t matter to the “poor victims of the white man” group on here. If Hannibal Burress never said that joke about Cosby and Angela Constand never pushed for charges, he would have gotten away with it too…you folks do realize that someone has to GO TO THE DA with their accusations in order for a person to be convicted. Secondly, she wasn’t “”knocked out,” she was in a dreamlike state but immobilized, so she would have been able to feel and know something was happening to her. Now, if someone was to go to the DA about these other men, we may see more charges…some of you all sound just as racists as the same white folks you call racist….and, in the same token, are probably the same idiots who support R. Kelly.

  2. Black beckie on said:

    Karma those WOMEN Cosby thought he was getting they got him in the end. Lot of race comments but not a Lot of stay faithful to your wife, if Cosby had did that there would not be one comment. Hugs MS Konstand.

  3. MariAnne Bolton on said:

    I feel both sides are GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY….those ladies KNEW they were Not meeting Bill for BIBLE STUDY!!!

  4. J. A-M on said:

    At the end of the day if married people stay faithful to their spouses…

    Race has nothing to do witb this man’s problems. He shpuld have respected his wife annd marital vows.

  5. americanize on said:

    Well,well I hope my black people are paying attention.It doesn’t matter how much money a negro has,and cosby has a lot of money maybe close to a billion,but that means nothing to the white supremacist,if they want to harm you they will.As for the case where’s the evidence,some of those woman lied and admitted it,but it doesn’t matter,when it envolves a black person.Its I,m white and I say so law.

    • African American Woman on said:

      What a dumb and irresponsible comment…he ADMITTED to drugging women. Stop looking and glossing over facts as an excuse to pull the tired race card out again.

      • americanize on said:

        First to pete don’t you have a sister you want to have sex with,or maybe some animal you degenerate racist.And African American coon,but I know you’re a racist devil,this is not a fu*kin card game its real dummy.I,ll give you the last word.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Blah, blah, blaaaaahhhhhhh….wow, aren’t you creative…you managed to put together a poorly worded, nonsensical rant….yay for you!!!!👏 👏 👏

  6. Arthur Kimble on said:

    Mac Daddy you are shiggity. Think of something else to say. Enough already. Why get on here and write the same tired comments. Get you a life.

  7. Gloria Smith-Matthews on said:

    Due process rules. Now, it is time for everyone else who has been accused to go through the system. All others, and just firing someone or them just stepping down is not enough.

  8. Encite on said:

    Just because the jury returned a verdict against Cosby does not mean he was guilty. The #MeToo movement and negative media portrayal of Cosby and his accusers made a fair trial impossible to have. Of course, if he is wrong he deserves to be punished. But I we will never know if that is true. I think moving forward there ought o be laws made that prevent “pay offs” to potential victim out of courts. Eliminate the money and I wonder how many will come forward. My sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those victims of sexual assault, their families; and the falsely accused.

  9. Susie Q on said:

    I’m sad for Mr Cosby but if he drugged those white women and sexually assaulted them, he needs to pay. He also did the same thing to a black model, Beverly Johnson. There are people who think that they can do what they want and they’re not gonna get caught. But God says not so, he sits high and looks low and sees the good and the evil. People will pay for the bad things they say and do. All these black celebrities think they are accepted when they make it in Hollywood and they forget where they come from but these white folks have not forgotten where they come from. May God bless him. Amen!

    • Ann M on said:

      Why is everything about race???? It shouldn’t matter what race the alleged victims are….if he indeed did the crimes, it’s just wrong…plain and simple. Stop making everything about Race.

      • Tiana Nonbasic on said:

        If it was not about race Kevin Spacey, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump would all be on trail. Their accusers came forward as well. I find it strange that these accusations came out 30 years later and only after he was trying to purchase a network. Hollywood has a way to destroy a person’s reputation by PAYING PEOPLE to do so. I was propositioned by guys in the industry and the difference is and why my career is still in limbo is because I said NO UNLIKE THESE WOMEN! I still believe that I can make it without opening my legs to do so and plus I’m married and YES had he stayed faithful this would not have happened to him.

  10. DivaKaren2 on said:

    This is a sad day. This man has given so much to us as a people yet we forget. Something comes up 50 years from now can still make us accountable. Wow! He was not judged by his peers. But a bunch of prejudice white people. Will it ever end.

    • What the hell has Cosby done for Black people? A Few years ago he was on an tirade against Blacks he was traveling around the country degrading and making terrible jokes putting down the race. I couldn’t careless if he rots in prison.

      • I think you’re incorrect on the degrading accusations. You ask what has he done for blacks. He was not being a hypocrite. He was asking us to do better, try harder to pull ourselves out of the declining standard of living we were, and still are finding ourselves in. And, I don’t see how anyone can be offended by that. Do you know how much he and his wife have contributed to HBCU’s?

  11. Cat Smith on said:

    You were knocked out, but you remember him using his fingers?? Ok but Charlie Sheen giving you AIDS and his show is still on TV! WOW, Just WOW America!

  12. jhuff on said:

    Guess his lawyers weren’t as good as Russell Simmons And yet Joy Reid is the only article that’s blacked out on BAW

  13. The Truth on said:

    When you wake up…Who always being you down slander you and take All your money. Same crime difference Justice just because the color of your skin. What will it take for you to understand Not all but the some of them had that hate and even some evny in their hearts. We NEED to be Smarter as a people and Realize the EVIL is there and money, status want change it. Several generations passed down and yes it’s Sad But TRUE..WAKE UP RULES ARE DIFFERENT IF YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE THEM..YOU WHITE AND ALWAYS RIGHT! THEIR TWISTED PRECEPTION.

  14. Say What on said:

    Amazing. Same accusation and the black man get convicted (cosby) while the other (Trump) get voted into the White House.

    • Tiana Nonbasic on said:

      I agree and they even have film and audio of Trump! No film or audio of Cosby but he was still convicted after THREE trails and when have you ever heard of someone going to trial THREE times for the same accuser??? An accuser who took money…

  15. Gordon Samuels on said:

    I am not surprise……. That’s the reason THEY moved the trial to another location. Why wasn’t it 50% Blacks and 50% Whites? Lets see if Harvey, Kevin and Matt are found GUILTY!

  16. Cautious on said:

    I can agree with you that here is another black entertainer that falls to those white women. African American, blacks just need to stick with our own. Agree that Mr.Trump needs to be taken down like the rest. He is just as guilty. Weinstein, space, and others will not be taken off to jail. The system only see black. They want to destroy us. Brothers and sisters, let’s stay with our own. We will be better for each of us.

    • I don’t know about all that. Ray Caruth’s motherless son may disagree about us being better if we ‘”stay with our own.” No matter the race, there is no guarantee that you won’t get it in the end.

    • The justice system is set up for our black men, black women, even our black children to fail. It always seems harder for us to get real justice . Do I condone his behavior ? No. But at the same time , what about the others, the man in the White House and the others. Why don’t these same rules apply to them . I want black men to love their wives and be faithful . Because the devil will intise you. His goal is always to destroy. I doesn’t matter how much money you have as a black man…..you are at the same level as the black man on the street. Just because you dine with them, doesn’t mean they see you as an equal. It’s always business and how they can benefit from you and how they can continue even when they are no longer here….for their children and their children’s children, and so on. It’s important that we look out for each other , like they do. We have to do better.

  17. Can’t leave that white meat alone, can you/ When will we all learn? The white woman has been hanging the black man every since we came to America and they found out we were fools for them. It always going to be that thing where if you are white, you get a pass, if you are black, get back!

  18. OJ OUT BILL COSBY IN AMERIKKKA JUSTICE AT ITS FINEST JERRY LEE ELVIS ROBERT BLAKE AN THIS LIST GOES ON TWO JUSTICE SYSTEMS ONE FOR WHITE PEOPLE AND THEN ONE FOR EVERYBODY ELSE IF THERE TRULY IS A HELL IT’S GONNA BE FILLED WITH MORE WHITE PEOPLE THAN ANYONE ELSE IM FROM IOWA SO AT LEAST IF I GO I WILL BE USED TO SEEING ALL THOSE WHITE FOLS JUST SAD LORD HELP US WASN’T SLAVERY ENOUGH.

    • Say What on said:

      Even with OJ regardless if he did it or not (we will never know); society still found a slick way to put him in jail. he should have never served time for what he did in Vegas.

    • Do you know how to get power. VOTING! Whining about the white man’s power. Get out their and vote for every level of government. City, state, and nationally. Judges and law makers in your city, and state are just as important as who you vote for president. The white nationalist are putting their goons, on the benches, police forces, in classrooms, congress, Senate (state and national). So what do you expect to happen? White people vote. That’s one thing we can learn from them. They stick together, and they vote their party no matter how awful the person is. When are we going to get that.

      • What happened to OJ and Cosby is just like Cosby said, this is what they have wanted to happen. It’s funny anytime a black man starts to encourage and inspire his people, they come after them. Just like Malcolm and Martin. Black people called Martin a trouble maker, because he was trying to open their eyes, and improve their living conditions. That stupid, ignorant comedian that flamed the fires of these accusations, giving these white guys the opportunity, to convict this man, felt Cosby was criticizing blacks,and being a hypocrite, when he was trying to help. Preachers are the biggest hypocrites there are.

    • Your right, these black men have to learn the hard way. I know he’s not the only one guilty of this . But since he’s black you know they were going to get his black ass and money.

  19. Rochelle on said:

    I don’t care about Cosby. However, I am angry the Cosby show isn’t playing anymore. Those other actors shouldn’t have to pay what he did. Seventh Heaven is still on the air even though the father who played a Pastor is accused of being a molester also. When is his trial date.

  20. Mac Daddy on said:

    I got no sympathy for Cosby. He threw us all under the bus my calling us out….buying sneakers and weave, wanking around saggy pants. Then he got the nerve to toss our women aside for White women. Oh no, oh hell to the naw.

    • In regards to that situation…he hit the nail on the head. You have parents camping out overnight for cell phones, and shoes. But your kids can’t talk proper English. This is how we as a community have failed the next generation. They feel entitled to anything they want, and don’t want to work for nothing!!!! To top it off, some will steal it from someone else if they don’t have it. In regards to this trial, if you are guilty then it’s time to face the consequences.

      • MamaMama on said:

        This is true. But, , he has no education. There are quite a few celebrities who are Black who don’t have, at least, a Highschool diploma. Money, fame is more important to them. So, he needs to stop being a judgmental hypocrite.

  21. Ted Gravely on said:

    This is why black people typically don’t run tell nothing. Hence, why no major outrage over R Kelly. White people move fast on allegations involving black people, white people slide through the system everyday. Roger Ailes, O’Reilly, Lauer, and the little boy booty chaser Kevin Spacey will never see the inside of a criminal court room. I’m not mad – just saying if I was on the jury it would have been hung. We’re quick to bring our own people to justice, but where is the black woman outrage over those white and Jewish males. Stop marching for others and against your own. Justice will never be equal. Please don’t act like you’re so surprised that the judge made all these exceptions to testimony. It wasn’t for a fair trial- it was to embarrass and secure a conviction. Now having said that, Mr Cosby had a thing for white women. That there brothers is his undoing. They were embarrassed that he didn’t leave his wife and there is nothing like a woman scorned. A mad alleged disgraced white women is a white man’s krypto – remember Emmet Till. Those white men kidnapped that young boy for supposedly whistling. Now go back to that magazine photo – did you really think they were going to not try to proverbially Lynched Cosby? It ain’t about that ugly woman – it’s the very thought that he had access and “might” have violated them and tossed them like yesterday’s trash. Just my 2cents.

    • Well said! AMEN! i hate it for Cosby. Black people you better wake up! 2004 crime and $3.2 million in the bank, I am just saying! Where are the killers of Emmit, who has that cold case file? But God!

    • Yet your boy big bad al sharpton incited racial riots in crown heights and that was okay. He also did the tawana brawley hoax. Wait, what about his “white people live in caves speech? Now this buffoon comes off as a “reverend” and doesn’t pay taxes. Black privilege is real!

      • Tiana Nonbasic on said:

        MAC DADDY IS NOW MAC BEN and who else on BAW! He needs a job and a life. AND WHY IS HE NOT IN JAIL. LORD KNOWS HOW MANY BLACK PEOPLE HE HAS ASSAULTED IN HIS LIFE TIME???

  22. Leon Coleman on said:

    Well when are they going to trial mr President
    How many women had he sexually assault
    But I guess he has privileges
    Or he was to affluent to go to trial

  23. Tonja Lowe on said:

    Ok lets see all the WHITE PRIVILEGE men follow suit or this will become another INJUSTICE FOR JUSTUS! NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE

    • Tonja Lowe on said:

      Ok lets see all the WHITE PRIVILEGE men follow suit or this will become another INJUSTICE FOR JUSTUS! NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE

  24. Arva Whittaker on said:

    To God Be the Glory~ Regardless of man’s conviction, God has the final say. Mr. Cosby, I am sorry that you, after all the years of giving, find yourself in this position at this point in your life. Adversity visits all of us, and life goes on. To thine own self be true; somethings are just between you and God. May this experience bring you closer to Him.

  25. americanize on said:

    First off not a big fan of cosby,a bouli negro taken down,alright lets see if Harvey,and kevin,and matt and al go’s to jail.

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