Breaking News: Bill Cosby has been convicted on three counts including aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. The guilty verdict says that Cosby sexually assaulted Constand without her consent, while she was unconscious, and while she was intoxicated or drugged. The former star, 80, now faces a fine of up to $25,000 per count. Each charge also carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.
Cosby’s June trial ended in a mistrial. During this trial in Norristown, PA, more women were able to provide their testimonies. Cosby’s defense argued that his interaction with Constand was consensual.
Although dozens of women have come forward claiming that Bill Cosby has assaulted them, only this case has resulted in criminal charges and convictions.
We will continue to update this story.
After a jury failed to render a unanimous verdict following over 52 hours of deliberations, Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual offense charges ended in a mistrial.
Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry the comedian on sexual assault charges when jurors deliberating over 6 days could not reach a verdict.
Cosby showed no instant reaction.
After the mistrial was declared, he stood up in the courtroom and appeared to be troubled as he talked to his representative Andrew Wyatt. He then calmed down.
Cosby left the court house in Norristown, Pa. without talking to reporters.
The jury confirmed to Judge Steven O’Neill that they could not reach an unanimous decision on whether “The Cosby Show” star committed crimes.
The Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, declared a mistrial at 10:17 a.m., following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault.
“We will reevaluate and review our case and will retry it and move as soon as possible,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters.
The 79-year-old star was accused of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. He faced up to five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
In a gathering in front of the courthouse attorney Gloria Allred, spoke to those congregated. “Justice will come,” she said.
Andrea Constand, who emotionally testified against Cosby, said through her lawyers that the trial gave “a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced.”
“Mr. Cosby’s power is back… the jurors, they used their power to speak… Mrs. [Camille] Cosby’s power is back,” Cosby spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt said.
He faced up five to ten years behind bars, had he been convicted.