Sunday 19 August 2018

US comedian Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting woman

The Cosby Show star was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Bill Cosby arrives for the second day of jury deliberations (Matt Slocum/AP)
Bill Cosby arrives for the second day of jury deliberations (Matt Slocum/AP)

By Michael R. Sisak and Claudia Lauer

Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the Cosby Show star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury was deadlocked on the charges.

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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Bill Cosby denies the charges (Matt Slocum/AP)

His lawyer called Constand a “con artist” who levelled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the counts.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to say he drugged and assaulted them. Five of the other accusers testified against him at the retrial.

Press Association

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