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Bill Cosby, once beloved 'America's Dad,' convicted of sexual assault

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Pete Mitchell | 27 April, 2018, 00:48

Constand remained stoic as the verdicts were read, and only later embraced supporters and the other accusers in the same court where almost one year ago, a mistrial was declared during Cosby's trial on the same charges after jurors weren't able to reach a unanimous verdict.

Both prosecutors and defense lawyers were more aggressive in their courtroom tactics and cross-examinations, and in their regular sniping at each other. Cosby said their encounter was consensual.

A jury of seven men and five women spent a day and a half deliberating on the case. She derided the other women as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.

Constand is one of about 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault.

Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015, almost a decade after she signed a $3.4 million settlement with Cosby in 2006, claiming that new evidence had come to light just as other accusers came forward.

Defense attorneys Kathleen Bliss and Tom Mesereau combined to deliver closing statements, harshly slamming the many women who have accused Cosby of misconduct. "In fact, he utilized that image and cloaked himself so that he was able to gain the trust, gain the confidence of these young women so he could strip them of their ability to say no, administering an intoxicant the same way he administered an intoxicant to Andrea Constand".

After hearing that he would be going to jail, Cosby reportedly began to curse at the prosecutor. In a freakish turn of events, Cosby then stood up and began comically barking like a dog.

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Multiple people in the courtroom claim Cosby lashed out after prosecutors asked he be taken into custody immediately because he owns a private plane and could flee. He tried to use it with Andrea Constand.

O'Neill also allowed evidence about Cosby's confidential civil settlement with Constand.

Constand said she became close with Cosby, who was a major supporter of the university, and viewed him as a mentor.

Prior to the assault case and the rise in accusations, Cosby had a television career that spanned decades, including series The Bill Cosby Show, The Cosby Show, and then also Cosby. The defense did not issue an outright denial of the episode at the heart of the alleged crime.

Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 of the Cosby accusers, rejoiced that Cosby was found "guilty, guilty, guilty". Prosecutors never mentioned #MeToo to jurors during trial. "Witch hunts, lynchings, McCarthyism".

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