'I'm stunned:' Cosby's accusers react to the comedian's guilty verdict


Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

The verdict delivered the first celebrity conviction of the #MeToo era in a case that in many ways stood at its vanguard and shone a spotlight on the role sexual entitlement, a scandal-hungry media and Hollywood's casting-couch culture played in the ruin of a comedy icon.

Cosby was "nothing like the image that he played on TV", prosecutor Kristen Feden said, the AP reported, referring to his morally upright, benign and lovable character Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". Cosby, charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, could get 10 years in prison on each count.

Dickinson's California suit asserts that Cosby and lawyer Martin Singer defamed her by calling her a "liar" after she publicly accused Cosby of raping her in 2014, following several other women who had already stepped forward to say they had been assaulted by the entertainer.

Marguerite Jackson's testimony that Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday will be read back to the jury when court resumes outside Philadelphia on Thursday.

"I'm not simply going to lock him up right now", said Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill after the verdict was announced, citing Cosby's age and his track record of appearing at every court hearing for more than two years.

It's the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women.

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"Effective immediately, Bounce is removing The Cosby Show from our schedule", the network, founded in 2011, said in its statement.

Cosby had admitted to giving Constand the anti-allergy medication Benadryl and that their sexual encounter was consensual.

Though the Cosby allegations predate the fall of Harvey Weinstein, Cosby's case shows that as a society we are finally done believing the denials of famous men over the words and stories of women.

Valentino added that the accusers didn't think they "would see this day". I would also like to thank my attorney, Ms. Gloria Allred for her compassion and relentless fight to represent those of us who otherwise may not have been heard.

The actor offered her three blue pills to "help take the edge off", which she took believing they were a natural remedy.

In her suit, Huth accuses the comedian of sexual battery: She says he forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15.

A previous trial in Norristown last summer ended with a hung jury and a mistrial after six days of deliberations.

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