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Jurors hand down verdict in Cosby sex assault trial

Jurors hand down verdict in Cosby sex assault trial”

A jury in the American state of Pennsylvania has found actor Bill Cosby guilty of sexual assault.

The jury at Cosby's first trial deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days past year without reaching a verdict.

The once-celebrated TV icon was discovered responsible of violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia dwelling in January 2004.

A handful of Cosby accusers, including Lili Bernard, an activist and artist who says Cosby drugged and raped her in the 1990s when she was a guest star on The Cosby Show, was among the accusers at the retrial. The 80-year-old former comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently.

In closing arguments earlier this week, Cosby's attorneys took aim at the credibility of Constand and the other women who testified.

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But in the end, it was the years-old account of one of Cosby's very first accusers that now threatens to send him to prison, potentially for the rest of his life.

Constand, a former Temple University sports administrator, was in the courtroom on Wednesday as jurors asked to rehear Jackson's testimony that she mused about fabricating sexual assault allegations to "get that money" from a civil suit. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual.

They mounted regular protests during both trials, including a topless protest on the opening day of the retrial, hoping to influence the media and the public.

Cosby's retrial took place against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement against sexual misconduct that has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled that Cosby should not leave his Pennsylvania home, and that he would need to be fitted with a Global Positioning System tracking device.

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Jurors also learned that Cosby had reached a settlement with Constand of $3.4 million.

Cosby was also reportedly emotional after the verdict, even yelling at Steele during a discussion about whether or not Cosby's bail should be revoked. Defense attorney Tom Mesereau called Constand a "pathological liar". That status was slowly torn to items as dozens of ladies got here ahead, starting in 2014, and accused him of drugging them, assaulting them or each.

Cosby verbally lashed out at the prosecutor inside the courtroom. Nearly none said they were unaware of the cultural movement.

She testified that Cosby slipped her three blue tablets he referred to as "your mates". But the defense team made an unsubtle attack on it when lawyer Kathleen Bliss told the panel that "when you join a movement based mostly on emotion and anger, you don't change a damn thing", adding that "mob rule is not due process".

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