A jury has declared Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting one of more than 50 women who came forward with similar allegations in 2014 and 2015.
After more than 12 hours of deliberating, the jury found the 80-year-old comedian guilty on all three counts of indecent aggravated assault during a two-week retrial. Where the dozens of women who accused Cosby of similar charges hit a wall with an expired statute of limitations, Andrea Constand’s viable case stood in as the sole chance to be heard by the justice system.
Constand went to police in 2005 one year after the assault took place in his suburban Pennsylvania home. A decade later, Montgomery County prosecutors charged Cosby with the three counts, Vox reports.
Despite the 50 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault, the #MeToo movement is likely reason for the jury’s decision. The case ended in a mistrial in June 2017, shortly before the New York Times and New Yorker released bombshell stories of alleged sexual abuse by producer Harvey Weinstein.
This also makes Cosby the first celebrity to be convicted of a crime since #MeToo took off.
Now, the long-powerful comedian faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $25,000 fine for each count. The jail time he faces only address one of the women he violated going back to the 1980s, but it could be enough to spend the remainder of his life paying for the consequences of his predatory behavior.