Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault in Retrial

April 26, 2018 - School Uniform

Mr. Cosby sat behind in his chair after a outcome was announced and sensitively stared down. But several women who have indicted Mr. Cosby of abusing them, and attended a hearing any day, quickly cheered. Judge O’Neill praised a jurors, pursuit it “an unusually formidable case” and adding, “You have sacrificed much, though we have sacrificed in a use of justice.”

When he was finished, Ms. Constand, who had been still throughout, stood adult and was hugged by several people, including her lawyer.

Mr. Cosby did not critique as he left a courthouse, though his lead lawyer, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., pronounced his customer would appeal. “We are really unhappy by a verdict,” he said. “We don’t trust Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything.”

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It was a second time a jury had deliberate Mr. Cosby’s fate. His initial hearing final summer finished with a unresolved jury after 6 days of deliberations.

In new years, Mr. Cosby, 80, had certified to decades of philandering, and to giving quaaludes to women as partial of an bid to have sex, outstanding a picture he had built as a moralizing open figure and a honourable paterfamilias in a extravagantly renouned 1980s and ’90s sitcom “The Cosby Show.” He did not attest in his possess defense, avoiding a barbecuing about those admissions, though he and his lawyers have insisted that his confront with Ms. Constand was partial of a consensual affair, not an assault.

The outcome now outlines a bottom of a tumble as steep as any in uncover business story and leaves in dilapidation a vast cut of American renouned enlightenment from Mr. Cosby’s six-decade career as a comedian and actor. For a final few years, his TV shows, films, and available stand-up performances, one-time promote staples, have mostly been shunned and with a conviction, they are expected to sojourn so.

At his retrial in a same building and before a same decider as final summer, a new invulnerability group argued unsuccessfully that Ms. Constand, now 45, was a unfortunate “con artist” with financial problems who usually worked her famous though waste symbol for a remunerative payday.


Andrea Constand, center, after Mr. Cosby was found guilty in his passionate attack retrial during a Montgomery County Courthouse today.

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The charge countered that it was Mr. Cosby who had been a deceiver, stealing behind his pleasant picture as America’s Dad to chase on women that he initial incapacitated with intoxicants. During shutting arguments Tuesday, a special prosecutor, Kristen Gibbons Feden, had told a jury: “She is not a con. He is.”


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The defense’s star declare was a maestro educational confidant during Temple, Mr. Cosby’s alma mater, who pronounced Ms. Constand had confided in her in 2004 that she could make income by secretly claiming that she had been molested by a distinguished person. Mr. Cosby paid Ms. Constand $3.38 million in 2006 as partial of a trusted financial allotment of a lawsuit she had brought opposite him after prosecutors had creatively declined to move charges.

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But Ms. Constand pronounced she had never oral with a confidant and prosecutors rebutted a characterization of Ms. Constand as a schemer. Perhaps many deleterious to Mr. Cosby, they were means to deliver testimony from 5 other women who told jurors they believed they too had been unperceiving and intimately assaulted by Mr. Cosby in apart incidents in a 1980s. The absolute drumbeat of accounts authorised prosecutors to disagree that Ms. Constand’s attack was partial of a signature settlement of rapacious behavior.

The box was a initial high-profile hearing of a #MeToo era. Candidates were compulsory during jury preference to yield assurances that a accusations opposite scores of other famous group would not impact their visualisation of Mr. Cosby. Mr. Cosby’s lawyers referred to a altered atmosphere in American society, warning it and a introduction of accounts from mixed other accusers risked denying Mr. Cosby a satisfactory hearing by distracting jurors’ attention. “Mob order is not due process,” Kathleen Bliss, one of Mr. Cosby’s lawyers told a jury.

Then she spent many of her shutting justification propelling a jury to bonus a accounts of a 5 ancillary witnesses. One was a unsuccessful starlet who slept around, she suggested, another a broadside seeker. “Questioning an charge is not degrading a victim,” she told a jury.

The remarks delirious Ms. Feden, a prosecutor, who called a attacks on a women a same arrange of dirty and ashamed critique that kept some victims of passionate attack from ever entrance forward.

When Ms. Constand testified, she took a mount as something of a substitute for a other women, some-more than 50, who have indicted Mr. Cosby of abuses, mostly with sum remarkably identical to Ms. Constand’s account. A few of those women attended a trial.


Kathleen Bliss, left, and Thomas A. Mesereau, dual lawyers for Mr. Cosby, during a building on Wednesday.

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None of a other accusations had resulted in prosecution. In many of a cases, too many time had upheld for rapist charges to be considered, so Ms. Constand’s box emerged as a usually rapist exam of Mr. Cosby’s guilt.


Andrea Constand exiting a courtroom during a mangle in a trial. She is a usually lady whose censure of passionate attack opposite Mr. Cosby resulted in a rapist trial.

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But Mr. Cosby is confronting polite actions from several accusers, many of whom are suing him for insult because, they say, he or his staff branded them as liars by dismissing their allegations as fabrications.


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The suits have mostly been delayed, tentative a outcome of a rapist hearing and are expected to pull movement from a guilty verdict.

Many of Mr. Cosby’s accusers distinguished a outcome with delight and tears. Patricia Steuer, 61, who has indicted Mr. Cosby of drugging and assaulting her in 1978 and 1980, pronounced she and her father were in a pharmacy in Lake Tahoe when a news arrived by text.

“We usually collapsed in any other’s arms,” she said. “We were usually crying.”

The box mostly incited on a credit of Ms. Constand, who testified that in a revisit in early 2004 to Mr. Cosby’s home nearby Philadelphia, when she was 30 and he was 66, Mr. Cosby gave her pills that left her stationary and flapping in and out of consciousness. He pronounced he had usually given her Benadryl.


Mr. Cosby and his wife, Camille, nearing Tuesday during a building for shutting arguments. It was a usually day Mrs. Cosby seemed during a trial.

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“I was kind of jolted watchful and felt Mr. Cosby on a cot beside me, behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated utterly forcefully, and we felt my breast being touched,” Ms. Constand said. “I was limp, and we could not quarrel him off.”

Adding weight to her accusations was a explanation that a decade earlier, in a deposition in Ms. Constand’s lawsuit opposite him, Mr. Cosby had certified to carrying given women quaaludes in an bid to have sex with them.

But maybe many deleterious was a testimony by a 5 additional accusers, that took adult several days of testimony. In Mr. Cosby’s initial trial, final summer, usually one other charge had been authorised to supplement her voice to that of Ms. Constand. At a retrial, a accusers enclosed a former indication Janice Dickinson, who told jurors Mr. Cosby had assaulted her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982, after giving her a tablet to assistance with menstrual cramps. “Here was America’s Dad on tip of me,” she told a courtroom, “a happily married male with 5 children, on tip of me.”

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The invulnerability suggested in a interrogate that Ms. Dickinson had finished adult a account, indicating to a fact that in her discourse she had recounted a assembly though creation any discuss of an assault. But Ms. Dickinson’s publisher testified that she had told her a rape comment and it was usually kept out of a book for authorised reasons.

Another accuser, Chelan Lasha, told how Mr. Cosby invited her to his apartment during a Las Vegas Hilton in 1986 when she was 17 to give her assistance with her displaying career. Mr. Cosby, she said, gave her a tablet and liquor, and afterwards assaulted her.


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In court, Ms. Lasha, who was mostly in tears, called opposite a courtroom to a entertainer, who was sitting during a invulnerability table.

“You remember,” she asked, “don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”


The jury deliberating a Cosby box inside a Montgomery County Courthouse was asked to confirm on 3 depends of passionate assault.

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As in a initial trial, Mr. Cosby’s authorised group insisted Ms. Constand was fibbing about a consensual, passionate relationship. But while final summer a invulnerability had decorated Mr. Cosby as a injured man, an dishonest father who cracked his fans’ illusions, though committed no crime, this his lawyers focused on a financial struggles they pronounced Ms. Constand was experiencing, that led her to extract income from a male who had been perplexing to assistance her with a career in broadcasting.

“You are going to be seeking yourself during this trial, ‘What does she wish from Bill Cosby?’ And we already know a answer: ‘Money, income and lots some-more money,’ ” Mr. Mesereau told a jurors as he non-stop his invulnerability of Mr. Cosby. “She has a story of financial problems until she hits a kitty with Bill Cosby.”

The invulnerability emphasized inconsistencies in a chronicle of events Ms. Constand had given a police, saying, for example, during one indicate that a attack had taken place in March, 2004, afterwards after changing that Jan 2004.

Mr. Cosby’s lawyers cited her phone annals to uncover she had stayed in hold with him after a confront and they constructed minute transport itineraries and moody schedules in an bid to uncover that Mr. Cosby did not stay during his Philadelphia home during a duration she pronounced a attack occurred.

“He was waste and uneasy and he finished a terrible mistake confiding in her what was going on in his life,” Mr. Mesereau said.

Under cross-examination, Ms. Constand explained a lapses in her accounts as trusting mistakes, and pronounced her contacts with Mr. Cosby after a occurrence were mostly cursory, a destined outcome of her pursuit duties.

Mr. Steele told a jury that Mr. Cosby took divided Ms. Constand’s ability to agree with a pills he gave her, and that their after contacts were irrelevant.


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When Ms. Constand’s mom called to confront Mr. Cosby about a year after a incident, a charge argued, his reparation and his offer to compensate for her schooling, therapy and a outing to Florida were justification he knew he had finished something wrong.

Mr. Steels, a district attorney, also worked to plead a invulnerability claims. He pronounced that Mr. Cosby, a member of Temple University’s house of directors and a university’s many famous alumnus, set his sights on Ms. Constand, an worker in a university’s jaunty dialect who deliberate Mr. Cosby a mentor.

“This box is about trust,” Mr. Steele had told a jurors. “This box is about betrayal, and that profanation heading to a passionate attack of a lady named Andrea Constand.”

Richard Pérez-Peña and Cara Buckley contributed to this report.

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