Cosby outburst after guilty verdict

Cosby outburst after guilty verdict

Judge Steven O'Neill said Thursday he planned to meet with the alternates to "let them know they're still important".

"He doesn't have a plane, you asshole", said Cosby, referring to himself in the third person, his voice shaking.

The 14th day of America's first celebrity sexual assault trial in the #MeToo era got underway with the jury being read the testimony of Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson. But when Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele began addressing bail, Cosby became animated.

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

Through it all, jurors had a front-row seat to the lawyerly slugfest that pitted three prosecutors from suburban Philadelphia against a throng of defense attorneys led by Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau, who aggressively depicted Constand as a "con artist".

"We are very disappointed by the verdict". We don't think Mr. Cosby's guilty of anything.

The trial bore all the bearings of a classic "he said, she said" so common to sexual assault trials. Jurors also requested the reading of the deposition testimony from Bill Cosby in the civil suit filed against him by Constand from 2005 and 2006, specifically the part where he admitted to using the powerful Quaalude sedative when engaging in sex with women. Cosby said the contact with Constand was consensual.

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During closing arguments, Cosby's lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

Although dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, only Constand's allegations resulted in criminal charges. He says the woman consented.

"Women are believed, and not only on "MeToo" but in a court of law, where they were under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they were smeared, where there were attempts to discredit them", Allred said. Cosby was a groundbreaking actor and the first African-American performer to win an Emmy for his role on "I Spy".

Cosby, is best known as the lovable father from the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show". "I feel live my faith in humanity is restored".

The first ended in a mistrial past year when jurors couldn't reach a verdict, but the second comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement that has raised awareness on predatory practices by power players in Hollywood and other industries.

The jury of seven men and five women in Norristown, Pennsylvania delivered the verdict during their second day of deliberations that began late Wednesday morning, following a two-week trial.

Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the charges, hugged loved ones as she exited the courthouse. He faces a defamation lawsuit from Summer Zervos, a contestant on his former reality show who accuses him of sexually harassing her. Trump's lawyer has said her accusations are false and politically motivated.

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