As the Inquisitr reported earlier today, Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault by his peers, a jury of seven men and five women.
Constand, 45, a former Temple women's basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends" and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual said he gave her 1½ pills of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax.
The verdict comes a mere 12 days after the trial began and the 80-year-old could be looking at some serious jail time as each count is punishable with up to a decade in prison. "She was the first courageous person who stood up in public and went to authorities and said, 'Bill Cosby drugged and raped me'".
Judge Steven O'Neill decided Cosby can remain free on $1 million bail while he awaits sentencing but restricted him to Montgomery County, where his home is. Cosby yelled, according to multiple reporters who attended the trial. In "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, he played the wise and witty Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the father of an affluent black family.
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Of dozens of women who have come forward in recent years to accuse the entertainer of similar assaults stretching back to the 1960s, only Constand's allegations fall within the statute of limitations.
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.
The prosecution case was bolstered by the five additional accusers who were allowed to testify, each saying they, too, were drugged and violated. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.
In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism".