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Verdict Reached In Bill Cosby Trial

MATT ROURKE / AP

Bill Cosby will soon be waving his freedom goodbye since he has just been found guilty on all three counts of sexual indecent assault.

On April 26, 12 Montgomery County jurors found Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, after a staggering 14 hours of deliberation.

Last June, Cosby's case ended in a mistrial after the seven-men, five-women jury spent six days unable to come up with a consensus, as they were deadlocked on all counts.

This time around, jurors spent 12 days listening to the defense and prosecution make their argument. Cosby's lawyers claimed that the sexual contact was consensual and painted Constand as a liar who only took him to court for a massive pay day, while prosecutors blamed cases like Cosby's as being the reason so many women never come forward after they've been the victim of sexually-based crimes.  

The attack occurred in January 2004 at Cosby's Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion, where he gave Constand three blue pills that "would help to relieve stress."

Constand, who said she viewed Cosby as her mentor, took them, and became unfocused and confused, before passing out on his couch.

“I felt Mr. Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully, and I felt my breasts being touched,” Constand testified.

“I wanted it to stop,” she continued. “I couldn’t say anything. I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move, and the message just wasn’t getting there.”

In the end, jurors would believe her side of the story.

Other victims

While Cosby was only on trial for the charges against Constand, five other women took the stand to share their similar stories of sexual assault.

More than 60 women have come forward with similar allegations (which date all the way back to the 60s). This group includes supermodel Janice Dickinson, who told Entertainment Tonight she was also a victim of Cosby's abuse.

Dickinson went to have dinner with Cosby at his Lake Tahoe house when Cosby gave her a glass of red wine and a pill. Dickinson said didn't think much of it at the time, as she asked for them to combat her menstrual and stomach pains.

"The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man," Dickinson said, recalling the 1982 encounter.

"... Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs," she added.

Dickinson said during the 32 years she kept Cosby's assault on her a secret, she had been hurting herself in the meantime.

"Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issues with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn't have counsel and I was afraid," she says. "I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place."

But, Dickinson has also grown stronger since the incident, and said If she could talk to him now, she wouldn't hold back.

""How dare you," she believes she would say. "Go f*ck yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot."

#MeToo movement carries on

Since the rise of the #MeToo moment, the public has been applauding the jury's rightful guilty verdict.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents many of Cosby's accusers, said the verdict is an example of justice for women everywhere.

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed. And not only on #MeToo but in a court of law where they are under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they are attacked," Allred said. "After all is said and done, women were finally believed."

"I truly hope that his long list of victims will now be able to find some kind of peace," she added.

What happens now?

Along with a fine of up to $25,000 on each count, Cosby also faces up to 10 years in prison for each of them all well (penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administrating an intoxicant). But, it's possible a judge will sentence him to serve them concurrently.

Although Cosby didn't give out an audible reaction when the guilty verdict was read, he did lash out at prosecutors when they recommended he not be granted bail. When they told Judge Steven O'Neill that he was a flight risk who has his own private plane, Cosby promptly yelled: "He doesn't have a plane, you asshole."

Eventually, the judge agreed to release Cosby on a $1 million bail, but ruled that he must be confined to his Pennsylvania home, and had to be fitted with a GPS tracking device.

While the date for his sentencing hearing has yet to be released, Cosby's days as a free man have definitely become numbered.

How do you feel about the verdict?

[H/T: CNN, TMZ, People, Vox]

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