It’s being reported that Bill Cosby flipped out after the bail decision was read.
Judge Steven O’Neill said Cosby could remain free on bail until sentencing. Steele pleaded for him to be jailed immediately, saying he was a flight risk and owned a plane. Cosby, who had been silent throughout the trial, shouted back.
“He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole,” said Cosby, referring to himself in the third person, his voice shaking. “He doesn’t know.”
Source: Yahoo News
The jury has come back with the verdict, and it’s bad news for the Coz!
The funnyman who was best remembered for playing the wholesome father in the Cosby Show has now been found guilty of some pretty serious charges.
Three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
He was, ironically, the ‘clean’ comedic alternative to, say, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy back in the ’80’s. This verdict blows that ‘clean’ image all to hell.
Now he’ll just be remembered as a ‘dirty old man’.
He’s an old man who might very well finish his life in prison. Each charge, after all, carries a maximum of 10 years.
Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.
The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. One of those women asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”
Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.
The sentencing phase has not yet occurred.
Constand, 45, a former Temple women’s basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends” and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no.
It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.
“The time for the defendant to escape justice is over,” prosecutor Stewart Ryan said in his closing argument. “It’s finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences.”
A number of women, for whom the statute of limitations has expired, who allege that he’s done the same thing to them were part of the testimony against the man once known as ‘America’s Dad’.
When the terms of bail were being discussed, the prosecution claimed Bill Cosby had a lot of wealth and a private plane.
With an expletive, Cosby — now completely blind — stood up and yelled his response that he had no such plane.
This was described as his only outburst in the trial, through which he was particularly tight-lipped and stoic.
Plaintiffs, including Gloria Allred, are calling this a huge win for #MeToo,
He is said to be the ‘first celebrity conviction of the MeToo era’.
Doubtless, he will not be the last.