Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Aggravated Indecent Assault

Bill Cosby was found guilty by a jury Thursday (April 26) of three counts of aggravated, indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, according to CNN. Now, the disgraced 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison for each count, and will likely serve them concurrently if he's to receive a maximum sentence.

The jury debated Cosby's case — a retrial — across a two-day period after hearing from key witness Constand, a former employee of Temple University's women's basketball team. She claimed that in January 2004, Cosby urged her to drink wine and take three blue pills. She testified that she then lost consciousness and was eventually “jolted awake” to find Cosby sexually assaulting her.

“I wanted it to stop. 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. I was weak, I was limp and I couldn’t fight him off," she'd said during court proceedings. "I was really humiliated. I was in shock. And I was really confused."

Cosby's team argued that Constand was a con artist who was after Cosby's money and that their sex had been consensual.

The preceding trial ended in a mistrial in 2017 after a Pennsylvania jury failed to come to a consensus.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault in recent years, but only Constand's case has managed to amount to criminal charges filed against Cosby.

Author: Bronwyn Alberty

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