Jury Finds Comedian Bill Cosby Guilty of Sexual Abuse

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Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004, marking the first such conviction of a celebrity since the #MeToo movement that has brought down rich and powerful men for their treatment of women.

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault after a two week re-trial on the case concluded.

Cosby faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $75,000.

The case against Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team.

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Less than year ago, a different jury was deadlocked after six days of deliberations on the same charges, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial. 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.

His defense team tried to paint Constand as a con artist who showed romantic interest in the comedian in order to concoct false assault allegations and secure a almost $3.4-million civil settlement, at one point calling her a "pathological liar". "Now, we really know today who was really behind that act, who the real Bill Cosby was". The onslaught all but destroyed his career and his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". They awarded Cosby a degree in 1987. His lawyer called Constand a "con artist" who leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism".

It was Cosby's reputation as a public moralist that prompted a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, to unseal portions of the deposition. Four of them, including model Janice Dickinson, said they were also sexually assaulted. Constand has denied Jackson's claims.