Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an "a-hole" after the prosecutor asked that Cosby be immediately jailed because he might flee. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for almost $3.4 million over a decade ago. Cosby did not admit any wrongdoing in the case.
That deposition would remain secret for nearly a decade. Cosby resumed his role as one of the most beloved and iconic celebrities in the world - a man affectionately known as "America's Dad" for his portrayal of the sweater-loving Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", one of the first mainstream TV shows to feature a black upper-middle class family.
Cosby served on the board for decades before resigning in 2014.
Chelan Lasha, then a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress, met him at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1986, where she testified that she was drugged and raped by Cosby.
More than 50 women accused Cosby of sexual assault or misconduct, sighting alleged incidents that stretched back from 1965 through the 1990s. Whereas before our judges and juries required mountains of corroboration to build a circumstantial case, now the similar echoed stories of a few other women sealed the deal. A sentencing hearing is now being scheduled, but no details have yet been announced. As Constand stood silently behind him, Steele apologized to her for a previous DA's decision in 2005 not to charge Cosby. Last year, the first jury to consider the matter wasn't able to reach a verdict, and Judge Steven O'Neill announced a mistrial.
Many have seen the case as the first big legal test for the MeToo movement that sprang up to campaign against sexual harassment after the scandals over Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood predators. Cosby reportedly drugged and assaulted Constand, who was a former employee of the Temple University women's basketball team, after she visited him at his home 14 years ago to ask for advice.
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The actor's lead lawyer has indicated Cosby will appeal.
In Could 2016, District Decide Elizabeth McHugh dominated there was ample proof to carry Cosby to trial after dozens of ladies raised related claims and, in a deposition, Cosby admitted to giving Ms Constand tablets. She and several other women went out into the courtroom hallway, embracing and crying tears of joy. They raised separate issues in each trial.
Lublin made a decision to go to the police, but officers told her there was nothing they could do.
"I feel like I'm dreaming", Bernard said outside the courthouse on Thursday.
"Today this jury has shown that what the MeToo movement has (been) saying is that women are worthy of being believed".
Christopher Adams, a defense attorney whose clients have included former National Basketball Association star Jayson Williams, said the judge's decision to allow the "prior bad acts" testimony could have tainted the jury. His lawyer Tom Mesereau declared "the fight is not over" and said he will appeal.
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"We are vindicated. We are validated, and we are now part of the tsunami of women's power and justice".
"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law", lawyer Gloria Allred said.
He must also wear a Global Positioning System ankle monitoring device.
"We want to thank Kathleen Bliss", Lotte-Lublin said, referring to the defense attorney's closing arguments that came under criticism as shaming the accusers.
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