Today during his retrial, legendary comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault. More specifically, he was found guilty of both drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago near the town of Norristown in Pennsylvania.
The jury in the case deliberated for only two days before reaching their verdict.
Following the reading of the verdict, Montgomery County’s district attorney requested that Cosby’s bail of $1 million be revoked due to being convicted of a serious crime. The D.A. also claimed that Cosby would be able to flee since he apparently owned a plane. Following this statement, Cosby is alleged to have shouted that he didn’t have a plane before calling the D.A. an “a-hole.”
The judge, , did not grant the D.A.’s request, instead stating that Cosby could be released on bail, but would have to remain in his home located near the courthouse.
No official sentencing date has been announced as of yet; however, Cosby’s defense attorneys, including Tom Meserau (who helped defend the late Michael Jackson during his last trial), have stated that Cosby plans to appeal the ruling.
The counts against Cosby are all felonies, and each one is punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. This means that the 80-year-old could potentially spend the remainder of his life in prison.
Cosby’s case and conviction are said to be the first high-profile ones in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. He was originally involved in a trial last year; however, the jury in that case deadlocked and resulted in a hung jury. The jury in that case deliberated for a total of six days.