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Bill Cosby found guilty of all charges in sex assault retrial

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 1:02 PM
Bill Cosby arrives during jury deliberations in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) -American comedian Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman.

A jury a short while ago found him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the counts.

The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

His lawyer called Constand a "con artist" who leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to say he drugged and assaulted them. Five of the other accusers testified against him at the retrial.

Prosecutors used Cosby’s past admissions about drugs and sex as well as the testimony of five other women to help bolster accuser Andrea Constand’s allegations.

Cosby’s lawyers argued Constand leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him and extract a huge civil settlement.

It’s the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial began its second day of deliberations Thursday by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a celebrity for the money.

The jurors were having Marguerite Jackson's testimony read back to them after a marathon, 10-hour first day of deliberations Wednesday failed to yield a verdict in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Exhausted jurors called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby's old deposition testimony.

They included his version of what happened the night Constand says he drugged her with three pills and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004, and his admission that he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.

Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him, which he settled in 2006 for nearly $3.4 million.

He has said his encounter with Constand was consensual.

Constand, a former Temple University sports administrator, was in the courtroom on Wednesday as jurors asked to rehear Jackson's testimony that she mused about fabricating sexual assault allegations to "get that money" from a civil suit.

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