Deadline reports that Bill Cosby has been convicted of all three counts of aggravated sexual assault after the jury deliberated for 15 hours. The courtroom exploded in cries of delight when the first conviction was read, but Cosby showed little emotion until the prosecution addressed the issue of bail.
After the judge stated Cosby could remain free on bail until sentencing, the prosecution argued he was a flight risk because he owned a plane. Cosby shouted that he didn’t have a plane, yelling expletives at the prosecutor.
No date has been determined for sentencing, but Pennsylvania state law requires it to occur within 100 days of a conviction. Cosby is now 80 years old and faces a total of 30 years in prison for his crimes.
The first trial for this case resulted in Cosby’s acquittal due to a hung jury. Multiple attempts to get the charges against him dropped since 2015 have been unsuccessful. Although more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault and misconduct, this case is the only one that has been brought to court so far.
Unlike the first trial, other accusers were allowed to testify at this trial against Cosby, claiming he had attacked them as well. All the women claimed he drugged them, and all but one was sexually assaulted.
Also in the original trial of this case, defense attorneys tried to make it appear as if Cosby had a romantic relationship with the plaintiff. This time, however, they claimed she was only after money, as a $3.4 million settlement was reached between the two.
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