Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

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A video from inside the courthouse showed women running out and weeping after comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault trial on Thursday afternoon.

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 jury, which had to come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit, saw a parade of accusers testify that the man once revered as "America's Dad" had a secret life of drugging and violating women.

The charges stemmed from the allegations of Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball administrator who said Cosby drugged her with three pills and assaulted her at his home in January 2004. In the previous year, Cosby was accused by 60 women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them in episodes dating back to the mid-1960s.

In arguing over when Cosby's encounter with Constand took place, Cosby's lawyers sought to suggest that the comedian was charged after the 12-year statute of limitations for prosecuting him had run out. She stated she thought they had been natural dietary supplements created to assist relieve her stress, however they knocked her out.

She testified that she soon became incapacitated, and then felt his fingers inside of her, but "couldn't fight him off". His lawyer called Constand a "con artist" who leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

A couple of months later, she told the court, she attempted to confront Cosby about it.

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Cosby's attorney, Tom Mesereau, said he plans to appeal "very strongly". He said, 'I don't know what you're talking about.' He said, 'I thought you had an orgasm, ' and I had not.

Cosby didn't take the stand in his retrial, just as he hadn't in his first trial. Constand received almost $3.4 million from Cosby over a decade ago - a settlement that Mesereau argued was "one of the biggest highway robberies of all time".

In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand's lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'" The sedative was a popular party drug before the US banned it more than 30 years ago. He pushed Constand on why she had stayed in touch with Cosby after the incident and portrayed her as a desperate, cash-strapped pyramid scheme participant. The defense did not issue an outright denial of the episode at the heart of the alleged crime. Cosby has said any sexual experiences he has had with women were consensual.

That wasn't enough, though, because on Wednesday the jurors asked for the legal definition of consent.

"Mob rule is not due process", defense lawyer Kathleen Bliss said, referring to the #MeToo movement. Prosecutors never mentioned #MeToo to jurors during trial. Defense attorneys and prosecutors delivered their closing arguments Tuesday.

She testified that Cosby slipped her three blue tablets he referred to as "your mates".

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