Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

What happens to Bill Cosby now?

What happens to Bill Cosby now?

When the District Attorney was asked why Cosby was considered a flight risk, the DA responded by saying "Because he owns a plane".

Now, he is a convicted sex offender staring prison in the face.

But the tactic, not uncommon in cases involving sex crimes, appeared out of sync with the #MeToo movement and a national shift in sentiment toward sexual assault victims since Cosby's first trial ended with a hung jury last summer.

In a Pennsylvania courtroom this afternoon, Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

Constand, a 45-year-old Canadian former basketball player turned massage therapist, sat with supporters in court to hear the verdict. These are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison; it's possible the sentences could be served concurrently. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, and Cosby remains out on bail.

The pioneering African American actor and entertainer, adored by millions for his defining role on "The Cosby Show", sat in silence as the jury announced the verdict that will change his life forever.

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Do you have something awesome to share with the world? Five other accusers testified against him at the trial.

"He used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him hide his crimes".

This post discusses sexual assault.

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Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand (C) reacts with lawyer Dolores Troiani (R) and Delaney Henderson (L) after the guilty on all counts verdict was delivered in the sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Thu., April 26, 2018 in Norristown, Pa.

"We are not shutting up", Valentino said, "and we're not going away".

"I felt Mr. Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully, and I felt my breasts being touched", Constand testified.

A case with no physical evidence, the trial essentially boiled down to he-said, she-said, and what the jury thought of Constand's credibility.

I think one of the problems with that approach is that Andrea Constand came off on the stand as a somewhat naive, confused person, and she did not seem like the calculating sort of schemer who could have pulled one over on a wealthy man who was surrounded by powerful and aggressive attorneys, public relations agents, and other members of his entourage who were shielding him.

At the time of the assault, Constand was a mentee of Cosby's and an employee at Temple University. But within minutes, she lost consciousness.

"It's a victory. It's relief", said Kathy McKee, a former actress who has accused Cosby of raping her. "I was limp, and I could not fight him off".

On Thursday, she beamed and hugged her attorney, but declined to speak to reporters.

Many women have come forward over the years to accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, but in many cases too much time had passed for him to face criminal prosecution.

"I can understand people doing vigorous cross-examination, but calling people names and trying to characterize them in the most negative light struck me as a bridge too far".

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