Bill Cosby prosecutor 'filled with awe' after his guilty verdict

Bill Cosby prosecutor 'filled with awe' after his guilty verdict

Adams said. "He wasn't charged with being a serial assaulter".

Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an "a-hole" after the prosecutor asked that Cosby be immediately jailed because he might flee. Cosby later paid $3.4 million to settle the suit. Cosby did not admit any wrongdoing in the case. In the deposition, the TV star acknowledged obtaining quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

That deposition would remain secret for nearly a decade.

It was a devastating downfall for the once towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture, the first black actor to grace primetime United States television, hitting the big time after growing up as the son of a maid.

Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Hopefully, the case will serve as a prod - to police and prosecutors to overcome an inherent reluctance to pursue often-difficult sexual assault cases; to sexual predators to realize they will be held to account for their crimes; and, above all, to women who have been victimized, who may have more reason to hope now that they will be believed.

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Heidi Thomas, a Colorado music teacher, was once a 24-year-old aspiring model who met with Cosby in April 1984 in Reno, where she told jurors she was drugged and sexually assaulted. Whereas before our judges and juries required mountains of corroboration to build a circumstantial case, now the similar echoed stories of a few other women sealed the deal. A sentencing hearing before Judge Steven O'Neill has not yet been scheduled. But ultimately, the jury sided with Andrea Constand and set aside the 80-year-old comedian's wholesome image as American's favourite dad. During the retrial, Judge O'Neill allowed the prosecution to present testimony from five other women who say Cosby assaulted them too. Cosby's lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

Clearly, this wasn't going to be your grandmother's Cosby trial any more. She and several other women went out into the courtroom hallway, embracing and crying tears of joy.

All of the additional witnesses who testified at the retrial had been assaulted in Nevada. But the verdict spoke directly to their experiences, they said.

"I was crushed. It felt like a ton of bricks fell onto my chest", Lublin recalled. "I feel like my faith in humanity is restored". Now, scalps are easier to win, and this time you can do it legally and have a judge and jury affirm the trophy. She said she was "slut shamed" on the stand by Cosby's legal team, but that she "just sat there and got mad".

"We are vindicated. We are validated, and we are now part of the tsunami of women's power and justice".

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"These survivors are being heard and believed", Robbin said. "And not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law where they are under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they are attacked", Allred said. Since Cosby now has several homes across different states, the Judge stated that Cosby has to be fitted with a Global Positioning System tracker if he wants to leave the state.

"We want to thank Kathleen Bliss", Lotte-Lublin said, referring to the defense attorney's closing arguments that came under criticism as shaming the accusers. "The fight is not over", attorney Tom Mesereau said after the verdict.

Temple University has rescinded the honorary doctorate it awarded in 1991 to Bill Cosby, who was a highly visible long-time booster and fundraiser for the Philadelphia school, where he earned an undergraduate degree.

Amid all that talk outside the courthouse, Cosby did not speak.

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