A jury found acting legend Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home nearly 14 years ago, this is a grim ending for the comic legend who has been accused by many women of rape over the last few years.
Cosby, was charged in Philadelphia of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand, while she was an employee at Temple University and being mentored by Cosby.
The three counts — penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant — are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently.
The Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin R. Steele, asked that Mr. Cosby’s $1 million bail be revoked, suggesting he had been convicted of a serious crime, owned a plane and could flee, prompting an angry outburst from Mr. Cosby, who shouted, “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.”
“Enough of that,” said Judge Steven T. O’Neill. The judge did not view Cosby as having any potential threat of fleeing.
Mr. Cosby did not comment as he left the courthouse, but his lead lawyer, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., said his client would appeal. “We are very disappointed by the verdict,” he said. “We don’t believe Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything.”