In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism". Constand left the courtroom smiling broadly - a feeling apparently shared by several fellow Cosby accusers who were on hand during the trial. His chief accuser, Andrea Constand, remained stoic.
Gloria Allred, a women's rights attorney who is representing 33 Cosby accusers, also spoke during the press conference. "We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed".
Some of the five women who testified at his retrial after a hung jury previous year that they also were also assaulted by Cosby shrieked and cried when the verdict was announced, the AP reported. The guilty verdict comes after his following trial ended in a mistrial.
"Your service has risen to a level I have never seen tested before", O'Neill said. As Constand stood silently behind him in a bright white blazer, Steele apologized to her for a previous DA's decision in 2005 not to charge Cosby.
Steele said Cosby had a private plane and that no dollar amount would be able to ensure his appearance.
"If it weren't for the MeToo movement, I don't believe that society in general would have made this tremendous shift toward believing women", Bernard said.
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Cosby will likely serve his prison terms concurrently.
The frail and 80-year-old Cosby - once beloved as "America's Dad" - could now spend the rest of his life behind bars when he is sentenced for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.
Interestingly, in the wake of the numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations against him, many other colleges revoked honors they had bestowed upon him. The onslaught all but destroyed his career and his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".
Cosby first received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. back in Sep.
The verdict was hailed by feminists and advocates of the #MeToo movement, protesting sexual harassment of women since accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein went viral in 2017.