It has just been reported that Bill Cosby, 80, the man who once was the face of many family TV shows, has been found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. After a jury deliberated for nearly 14 hours, they found Cosby to be guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault which include penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant [Source: The New York Times]. Less than a year ago, Cosby was on the stand for this same case, but because the trial ended with a hung jury, he was awarded a retrial.

During the trial, Cosby’s defense attorneys argued that Andrea Constand, who was the alleged victim in the case, provided false accusations “so she could sue him and extract a huge civil settlement,” however, the jury seemed to think otherwise based on their verdict. Aside from other woman accusing Cosby of drugging them and forcing them to have sex with him, five women took the stand to testify against him. One woman, who claimed she was drugged and violated, said through tears, “You remember don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”

Constand, who is a former Temple women’s basketball administrator also shared her accounts with Mr. Cosby when she told jurors that he had given her three blue pills in which he referred to as “your friend” and then began to “penetrate her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no.” After the panel of seven men and five women listened to both sides of the case for nearly two weeks, they decided Cosby was guilty of the crime. One prosecutor said that Cosby was “nothing like the image that he played on TV,” a sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing father of five on “The Cosby Show.” Another claimed that it was time Cosby faces the consequences for his actions.

Although Cosby was given a second chance to come back to trial prepared, his past admissions didn’t quite help his case. The source reported that not only did Cosby admit to “obtaining Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with,” but also that he “acknowledged giving pills to Constand” before their sexual encounter. He said they were the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl and were provided to help her relax, however, the picture he has painted for himself over the course of the last few years has made it difficult for jurors to believe that.

 

 

Bill Cosby Could Spend His Remaining Years Behind Bars

 

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As a result of the verdict, Bill Cosby could now spend the rest of his life in prison. A guilty verdict means that he now faces up to 10 years in prison for each count he was convicted of, according to The Morning Call. This the first celebrity case that has gone to trial since the #MeToo era begun and is the “only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women.”