Jury Finds Comedian Bill Cosby Guilty of Sexual Abuse

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Cosby, 80, could face up to 30 years in prison - 10 years for each count - a stiff fall from grace for the pioneering actor who's amassed tens of millions of dollars over his career and became known as "America's Dad" renowned for his wholesomeness and wisdom after starring in the landmark The Cosby Show.

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.

Cosby did not have an audible reaction to his conviction, but erupted shortly afterward.

O'Neill said the question could not be answered.

"He doesn't have a plane, you asshole!" He is not allowed to leave the state of Pennsylvania.

"He used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him hide his crimes", Steele said.

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 USA banned it more than 30 years ago.

The trial bore all the bearings of a classic "he said, she said" so common to sexual assault trials.

Prosecutors were able to call five additional accusers who testified that Cosby also drugged and violated them - including one woman who asked him through her tears, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" He claimed the encounter was consensual. She had no comment after the verdict.

It's the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women.

"Women are believed, and not only on "MeToo" but in a court of law, where they were under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they were smeared, where there were attempts to discredit them", Allred said. Cosby shouted, "I'm sick of him!"

Prosecutors hit back by calling Cosby a con artist, and telling the jury, "He is nothing like the image that he played on TV".

Cosby's lawyer Tom Mesereau, who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, says the "fight is not over" and that his client planned to appeal the verdict.

"I feel like my faith in humanity is restored", Bernard said.

It was the second trial he faced for the charges; his first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. This jury began deliberating Wednesday around 11 a.m., and worked for more than 14 hours over two days to reach the verdict.

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

"This case is about betrayal, and that betrayal leading to the sexual assault of a woman named Andrea Constand".

His defense team tried to paint Constand as a con artist who showed romantic interest in the comedian in order to concoct false assault allegations and secure a almost $3.4-million civil settlement, at one point calling her a "pathological liar".

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