Bill Cosby Found Guilty On All Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault
Bill Cosby is facing 10 years behind bars after being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault today.
The 80-year-old comedian stood trial again this month on an accusation of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in Philadelphia in 2004. After 14 hours of deliberation, a jury of seven men and five women found Cosby guilty.
“In December 2015, Montgomery County prosecutors charged Cosby with three counts of aggravated indecent assault relating to accusations from Constand,” Vox reported. “Constand, who went to police in 2005, alleged that Cosby had given her pills in his suburban Pennsylvania home that left her incapacitated and molested her.”
When Cosby first stood before his peers on these charges in June 2017, the case resulted in a mistrial. During closing arguments Tuesday, Cosby’s attorney acknowledged that the social climate had changed in the time since the first trial, citing the #MeToo movement, but attempted to persuade jurors that this case was not the forum to discuss predatory sexual behavior, The New York Times reported. It appears the panel didn’t agree.
In total, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. He is currently facing up to 10 years in prison for each count, to be served concurrently.