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Bill Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars after guilty verdict in sexual assault case

April 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Bill Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars after guilty verdict in sexual assault case

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Bill Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars after his guilty verdict in landmark sexual assault case

Bill Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was found guilty of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in a landmark trial that vindicated a plenitude of women.

The 80-year-old comedian initially glared without emotion as the verdict was read Thursday. Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, with each count carrying a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Although the counts are likely to be merged for sentencing determinations, Cosby’s age indicates even a favorable sentence means he could die behind bars.

However, moment later, Bill Cosby angrily lashed out at the prosecutor after District Attorney Kevin Steele deemed the comedian as a flight risk, and demanded Cosby immediately be taken into custody.

Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Cosby could remain free on a $1 million bond while he awaits sentencing but restricted him to Montgomery County and the mansion where the encounter with Constand took place, according to CBS News.

Women’s advocates hailed the conviction as a turning point in the #MeToo movement that proved what Cosby’s accusers had long been claiming that his role model image known to television viewers as “America’s dad” was nothing but a false persona.

Lili Bernard, who accused of sexually assaulting her before giving her a one-time role on “The Cosby Show” in 1992, was so overcome with emotion in the courtroom gallery that she inadvertently banged her forehead on the bench in front of her.

“I’m overcome with gratitude, I feel like I have to pinch myself. Am I awake? It’s a miracle,” a sobbing Bernard said outside the courthouse.

The landmark trial ushered in the first major conviction of a major celebrity in #MeToo era and sealed the striking downfall of Bill Cosby, who as a black entertainer managed to cross racial barriers in Hollywood that saw him garner fame as the sweater-wearing, patriarch Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the Cosby Show.

Over 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct over the course of five decades but whose claims went ignored by largely male Hollywood executives.

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