Comedian Bill Cosby Found Guilty On Three Counts Of Sexual Harassment Charges
Comedian And Actor Bill Cosby Convicted On All Three Counts Of Sexual Harassment Charges-His Lawyer Says ''The Fight Is Not Over''
- Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexual assault after 14 hours of deliberation.
- He has been convicted of drugging and sexually harassing Andrea Constand back in 2004.
- The 80-year-old actor now has to spend his life in prison as each of the three counts carries a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment.
- After the Jury gave their verdict, the defense attorney Tom Mesereau said the 'fight is not over' and urged that there would be an appeal.
Actor Bill Cosby's lawyer said the 'fight is not over' after the 80-year-old comedian was proven guilty on all three counts of the charges of sexual assault.
The jury found the Little Bill star guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, from drugging and molesting a woman in Philadelphia 14 years ago, on Thursday on Pennsylvania court.
Cosby will now face up to 10 years in prison for each count, however, Cosby is likely to serve them simultaneously. Cosby remains out on bail as the sentencing hearing with Judge Steven O'Neill has not been scheduled yet.
Cosby's accuser including his main accuser, Andrea Constand, were also present at the courthouse as the Jury read the verdict and they burst into tears as the verdict was announced. One of the accusers, Lili Bernard, told after the verdict,
I feel like my faith in humanity has been restored. I stand here in the spirit of Martin Luther King, who said that the arc of the moral universe is long but today it has bent towards justice.
Today, this jury has shown what the #MeTo movement is saying, that women are worthy of being believed. And I thank the jury, I thank the prosecution.
The Jury of seven men and five women began the trial Wednesday and spent over 12 hours before they reached the unanimous decision. The Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news conference,
Andrea Constand came here to Norristown for justice and that is what 12 jurors from Montgomery County provided her. We have shown from our record that money and power or who you are will not stop us from a criminal investigation or prosecuting a case.
Steele asked Judge O'Neill to revoke Cosby's bail and sentence him straight away. But, the judge declined it and said him it's not him who will decide when to sentence the convict saying,
I understand this is very serious ...however, to ask to revoke the bail of an individual ...[what] Is your concern?
Judge O'Neill revoked his passport but ruled he can stay out on $1 million bails until his sentencing which is believed to be in the next 60 to 90 days.