NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Nearly 14 years after Bill Cosby drugged and molested a woman 30 years his junior, a jury found him guilty Thursday of all charges in his sex assault retrial.
The disgraced comedian showed no emotion and looked down at the table in front of him as the jury forewoman read aloud “guilty” to all three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.
One of his victims, Lili Bernard, burst into tears as the verdicts were read, prompting Judge Steven O’Neill to call for order in the Montgomery County courtroom. Bernard was sobbing as she was escorted out of the courtroom.
Cosby’s chief accuser, Andrea Constand, sat stone-faced in the first row but tilted her head back and breathed a sigh of relief after jurors were formally polled. She took a moment to hug Dolores Troiani, the lawyer who represented her in her civil lawsuit against Cosby and took a deposition of the comedian in which he admitted to drugging women he wanted to sleep with.
The convicted pervert now faces up to 10 years behind bars on each of the three counts.
He was allowed to remain free on $1 million bail despite a fight from prosecutors who said he was a flight risk and someone with “limitless wealth” and a private plane. The argument prompted an outburst from Cosby, who stood up and yelled, “He doesn’t have a plane, you a–hole! That shows what you know!”
Cosby was ordered to surrender his passport and stay in Montgomery County pending his sentencing date, which was not set.
The reckoning comes following the disgraced comic’s second trial, and just over 14 hours of deliberations by a panel of five women and seven men.
O’Neill ruled that jurors’ identities will remain anonymous.
“This is an extraordinary case,” the judge said, before thanking them for their service.
Cosby was seen smiling and laughing with his lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, in the courtroom before he was ushered into a back room to wait for a probation officer.
He emerged emotionless outside the courthouse — to a swarm of protesters and news reporters — with his publicist and defense team, including Mesereau, the white-haired lawyer who notably got Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation charges.
“We don’t think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything. The fight is not over,” Mesereau told reporters, as an enraged protester screamed, “I hope you choke to death on a pudding pop!”
Cosby climbed into a waiting SUV with his publicist and sped away — without saying a word.
Constand, now 45, bravely took the stand to publicly relay for a second time her recollection of the horrifying 2004 attack.
The former Temple University basketball administrator told jurors she took three blue pills from Cosby, which she thought were herbal, to help with stress while at his Cheltenham, Pennsylvania home in January 2004.
She said her mouth became “cottony,” and her legs “rubbery,” and was helped by the then-67-year-old to a couch before she slipped into darkness.
“I was kind of, um, jolted awake, and felt Mr. Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully,” Constand testified. “I felt my breasts being touched. And he took my hand, and placed my hand on his penis, and masturbated himself with my hand. And I was not able to do anything about it.”
In what proved to be a turning point for prosecutors, five other Cosby accusers were allowed to testify at this trial — supermodel Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney and Maude Lise-Lotte Lublin.
They each testified that the actor once revered as “America’s Dad” slipped them pills and sexually assaulted them.
Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting some 60 women.
His first trial last year ended in a hung jury after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
Bill Cosby enters court hours before jury finds him guilty
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