BILL COSBY was found GUILTY yesterday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, for drugging and raping ANDREA CONSTAND in 2004. People are calling this the first major conviction of the #MeToo era.
He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but the judge could allow him to serve his sentences concurrently. Still, Cosby will be 81 in July, so even 10 years could be a life sentence.
Cosby was acting as a mentor to Constand at Temple University when he assaulted her. She reported it the following year, but prosecutors decided they didn’t have enough evidence to pursue the case.
So she filed a civil suit, claiming to have more than a dozen women who would testify that they were victims, too. She and Cosby settled in 2006 for $3.4 million.
The whole thing pretty much died down until 2014, when comedian HANNIBAL BURESS called Cosby a rapist during a standup routine. From there, about 60 women came forward.
Many of the alleged incidents fell outside the statute of limitations . . . but the charges in the Constand case were filed in 2015.
This was actually the SECOND jury to hear this case. The first one couldn’t reach a conclusion, and a mistrial was declared last year.
The district attorney immediately asked for Cosby’s bail to be revoked, claiming he’s a flight risk. He said Cosby could go anywhere, because he has unlimited wealth and a plane.
At that point, Cosby yelled, quote, “He doesn’t have a plane, you [A-hole]!” (???) He also said of the D.A., quote, “I’m sick of him!” The judge allowed Cosby to remain free on bail.
Several of Cosby’s alleged victims were there for the verdict, including Lili Bernard, who left the courtroom in tears. She said, quote, “[This] is a victory for all sexual assault survivors, female and male.”
Cosby’s attorney says he’s going to appeal.
(You can read celebrity reactions to the verdict here and here.)