Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby has lashed out in an expletive-laden rant after the prosecutor asked the judge to revoke bail following the guilty verdict in the comedian's sex assault retrial.
A Pennsylvania jury convicted Cosby of aggravated indecent assault in all three counts in the case brought against him by one-time friend Andrea Constand.
District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to revoke bail following the guilty verdict on Thursday. The prosecution argued that Cosby is a flight risk due to his private jet.
"Money and power or who you are will not stop us from... prosecuting a case" - District Attorney Kevin Steele makes statement following Bill Cosby conviction for sexual assaulthttps://t.co/pYERh5mBnE pic.twitter.com/6SAti8uY1n— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 26, 2018
Cosby then shouted, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole!"
The panel of seven men and five women began deliberating on the case on Wednesday morning. The 80-year-old entertainer was accused by Constand, the former operations manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University, of drugging and molesting her in January 2004.
Constand said she became close with Cosby, who was a major supporter of the university, and viewed him as a mentor. She alleged that he abused her trust, however, when he invited her to his home in Montgomery County and offered her three blue pills to help her relax.
She testified that she soon became incapacitated, and then felt his fingers inside of her, but "couldn't fight him off". Cosby contended that their sexual relations were consensual.
The latest trial became marked by heated debates between the prosecution and the defence, punctuated by emotional testimonies from more than two dozen witnesses. Cosby did not take the stand.
The charges were first brought to trial last June, but the jury ended in a deadlock on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations.
Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women in the past few years, but Constand's allegations are the only ones that became the subject of a criminal case.
The charges against Cosby were filed on December 30, 2015 just days before the 12-year statute of limitations was due to expire.
News media report that Cosby could face up to 10 years each for the three charges of sexual abuse, however, he is most likely to serve his sentence concurrently.