Bill Cosby found guilty in retrial on aggravated indecent assault charges

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Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad. Cosby responded in a booming voice as he leapt to feet.

According to The Independent, Cosby could face up to 30 years in prison. In "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, he played the wise and witty Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the father of an affluent black family.

He was found guilty of three charges of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. She and Cosby were once friends.

Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of Cosby's accusers whimpered and cried.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating on the case on Wednesday morning local time.

Deadline shares that Bounce has been airing reruns of The Cosby Show since 2016 while many other networks had dropped the show from their lineups once the sexual assault allegations surfaced in 2015.

Now it is apparent that many others are suffering from Cosby's misconduct, including his former cast-mates from The Cosby Show. A previous trial on the same charges ended in a mistrial in June of 2017.

Cosby has said any sexual encounters were consensual, and his lawyers portrayed the accusers as fabricating stories in search of wealth and fame. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.

Constand testified she went to Cosby's house to discuss a potential career change when he gave her three blue pills he said would relax her.

The primary difference between Cosby's first trial and his second was that at last summer's trial the judge in the case, O'Neill, allowed only one additional accuser to testify and support Constand's account, based on the prosecution's argument that it needed to show a common scheme or pattern to Cosby's alleged assault of Constand.

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