In April, greater than 14 years after he gave Andrea Constand drugs that left her incapacitated in his dwelling, Invoice Cosby was discovered responsible by a jury of sexual assault.
Now the 81-year-old once-revered comic is ready to be sentenced subsequent week for drugging and molesting Constand, a former Temple College worker, in his Philadelphia dwelling in 2004. He was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
The listening to is predicted to final two days, and the decide’s choices are broad; in Pennsylvania, the state guideline vary of about one to 4 years spans the gamut from a jail time period to a jail stint to deal with arrest or probation. The utmost time period is 10 years per rely.
Cosby’s fall from grace is the primary celeb trial of the #MeToo period. Greater than a decade prior, Constand sued Cosby in 2005, settling for almost $three.four million. Within the deposition for that case, Cosby admitted to purchasing Quaaludes and giving ladies medicine and alcohol earlier than intercourse – though he stated each interplay was consensual.
However in 2014, comic Hannibal Buress referred to as Cosby a rapist throughout a present – opening the floodgates for greater than 60 ladies to return ahead and accuse the tv star as soon as referred to as “America’s Dad” of rape and sexual assault.
Constand’s allegations are the one ones that introduced a felony case towards Cosby. Most of the different ladies’s accusations fall outdoors of the statute of limitations.
Forward of sentencing, learn on for a have a look at the case.
Andrea Constand stated she met Cosby when she was the director for the ladies’s basketball group at Temple, Cosby’s alma mater. The pair “developed what [Constand] believed to be a honest friendship,” and Constand finally appeared to the older man as a mentor, in response to court docket paperwork.
She stated Cosby made sexual advances towards her a number of occasions, however every time she turned him down. However on one particular go to to his dwelling in January 2004, Cosby gave her “three blue drugs” that blurred her imaginative and prescient and made her really feel as if she was “out and in” of consciousness, in response to court docket data.
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Cosby then engaged in intercourse acts with Constand, whereas she couldn’t transfer or converse, that she didn’t consent to, she stated.
In court docket, Constand’s mom testified, saying she spoke to Cosby on the telephone about one yr after the alleged incident. Throughout the dialog, she stated, Cosby apologized after he described in graphic element the encounter. Gianna Constand additionally stated her daughter would scream in her sleep after the assault.
All through the trial, Cosby maintained that any interplay between the pair was consensual.
The jury heard Cosby’s previous testimony addressing the Quaaludes given to ladies earlier than intercourse. He stated the drugs have been “the identical as an individual [who] would say, ‘Have a drink [of alcohol],’”
Cosby’s protection tried to painting Constand as an opportunist who feigned romantic curiosity in him after which leveled a false accusation of sexual assault so she might file a lawsuit. The protection additionally famous that Constand referred to as him twice on Valentine’s Day, a few month after the alleged assault.
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Constand stated these calls have been about basketball to an individual she as soon as thought-about to be a mentor. Information confirmed she made two temporary calls to Cosby on Feb. 14, 2004, across the time of a Temple dwelling recreation.
Cosby’s authorized group for the retrial was led by former Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau. Nonetheless, Cosby fired Mesereau forward of the sentencing listening to.
Prosecutors had hoped to name as many as 19 different accusers to point out a sample of “prior dangerous acts” over 5 many years; within the first trial, just one girl was allowed to take action.
However within the retrial, 5 ladies testified, together with mannequin and actuality tv star Janice Dickinson. Dickinson, now 63, has alleged Cosby drugged her, rendering her unconscious, and sexually assaulted her when she was 27.
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Dickinson stated she didn’t come ahead about what allegedly occurred to her on the time as a result of she was afraid of retaliation and harm to her profession.
The opposite accusers who testified have been: Lise-Lotte Lublin, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney and Heidi Thomas.
Cosby’s authentic trial led to a mistrial on June 17, 2017 after the jury deliberated for greater than 52 hours over six days and nonetheless couldn’t attain a verdict.
Prosecutors instantly promised to retry Cosby, who was free of jail on $1 million bail.
Fox Information’ Lissa Kaplan and The Related Press contributed to this report.
“That is about whether or not you consider the sufferer or not, and the occasions of the final yr definitely make the case more durable for Cosby.”