Justice finally served: Shrieks and tears from Bill Cosby accusers ERUPT in courtroom as he is found guilty of drugging and raping Andrea Constand
- The PA courtroom erupted in shrieks and tears from accusers as the jury announced Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and raping Andrea Constand
- Constand, who endured two painful and emotional trials, remained stoic before hugging her attorney and members of the prosecution team
- During a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several accusers, the women celebrated seeing justice served for Constand
- The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial found the disgraced comedian guilty of sexual assault after 14 hours of deliberation
- Cosby did not react to the verdict, and sat in silence with his eyes cast down
- The first trial ended in a mistrial when they declared themselves ‘hopelessly deadlocked’ after close to 53 hours of deliberation
Bill Cosby accusers erupted in shrieks while hugging each other in the courtroom after he was convicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault Thursday.
Meanwhile, Andrea Constand, the victim who finally saw justice served after two emotional trials into her case of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, remained stoic, and then hugged her lawyer and members of the prosecution team.
Cosby accuser Lili Bernard let out a sob as the foreperson delivered the guilty verdict on each charge.
Cosby did not react to the verdict, but instead sat in silence with his eyes cast down. His wife was not in the Pennsylvania court.
Judge Steven T O’Neill repeatedly called for order as the court erupted as the jury delivered its shock verdict, unanimously finding the 80-year-old Cosby guilty on all three counts of aggravated sexual assault: administering an intoxicant, rendering his victim unconscious and penetrating her without consent.
O’Neill requested everyone to respect the decorum order that has been in place throughout the trial and to keep order as the verdict was delivered.
Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand (C) reacts after the guilty on all counts verdict was delivered in the sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse Thursday
Attorney Gloria Allred stands with other accusers of Cosby’s, celebrating seeing justice served after a jury convicted him on three counts of aggravated sexual assault
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby exits Montgomery County Courthouse after a jury convicted him
Bill Cosby accusers (L-R) Caroline Heldman, Lili Bernard and Victoria Valentino (R) react with sobs and embraces after the guilty on all counts verdict was delivered against Cosby
O’Neill thanked the jury for their service, ‘for removing themselves from their families and lives.’ He told them ‘you have sacrificed much for your country and justice.’
Outside court celebrity attorney Gloria Allred praised Constand for taking ‘the risk, testifying twice’ about her drugging and assault at Cosby’s Cheltenham, Pennsylvania home.
‘I feel like I’m dreaming. Can you pinch me?’ accuser Bernard said through tears on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse after the jury found Cosby guilty.
‘This is a victory not just for Andrea Constand. Thank you so much to the jury for positioning yourself on the right side of history.’
Accuser Chelan Lasha said: ‘I feel like the judicial system works. 32 years of tears and nightmares are over.’
Maud Lotte Lublin, the fifth woman to take the stand, had no memory of any assault at all.
Lublin said: ‘I am extremely grateful that the jury was able to see past his defense attorneys lies. I truly hope his long list of victims will now be able to find some kind of peace.’
She added: ‘I am extremely grateful that the jury was able to see past his defense attorneys’ lies.’
A third, Janice Baker-Kinney, said, ‘I am overwhelmed with joy relief and gratitude. Joy that finally justice has been served, relief that this toxic chain of silence is finally over.’
‘The #MeToo movement is alive, it is well. And it is living in Montgomery County,’ said Allred.
After a lengthy, years long battle, Constand smiles as she walks through the halls of the courthouse after the jury returned verdicts of guilty on all three counts against Cosby
Cosby was seen returning to his million-dollar home after the guily verdict, and ordered by a judge only to leave his property for a bail hearing
The 80-year-old actor now faces spending the rest of his life in prison as each count carries a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment
Gloria Allred said: ‘Justice has been done! We are very thankful. It took a great deal of courage, in the beginning many were not believed.
‘We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed and not only in #MeToo but in a court of law where they were under oath, where they were smeared and denigrated and attacked, and, after all that they were believed.
‘Proved beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury believed women and I’m the happiest I have been about any court decision in 42 years.’
Allred added: ‘It’s been a very long journey but this is a historic result. This is her story. The story of Andrea Constand.
‘The story of women who took the risk of taking on a rich powerful man, took the risk of being shamed and blamed so their truth could be known and believed.
‘And yes the MeToo movement is alive and well and living in Montgomery County and throughout this nation and this world.’
She went onto thank the prosecution for taking a risk for justice.
Cosby’s lawyers painted the women as home-wreckers and liars who made up their allegations in a bid for money and fame.
The actor now faces spending the rest of his life in prison as each count carries a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment.
Reaction to the guilty verdicts for Bill Cosby
Reaction to Bill Cosby’s conviction on charges of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era:
‘Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.’ – Rose McGowan, via Twitter
‘Unbelievably amazing news!!!!!’ – Mira Sorvino, via Twitter.
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby reacts while being notified a verdict was in in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday
‘More importantly, I haven’t forgotten about the many women you assaulted and silenced with your power. Good riddance!!!’ – Larry Wilmore via Twitter.
‘Bill Cosby going down epic. Finally a conviction. Finally justice.’ – Tina Brown, via Twitter.
‘In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today. Thinking of all the women he traumatized over the past 50 years. As a survivor myself, I know that pain never fully goes away. But I hope that his victims finally feel some semblance of peace.’ – Padma Lakshmi, via Twitter.
‘The state of America is this – Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.’ – Patricia Arquette, via Twitter.
‘Hallelujah. It’s about damn time. #FinallyHimToo And I hope Stormy wins and all the other women break those NDA’s so all of these (expletives) fall down.’ – Writer Terry McMillan, via Twitter.
‘#BillCosby guilty & facing spending the rest of his natural life behind bars – that is IF convictions can withstand certain appeal based on trial judge’s allowance of five additional alleged victims testimony to buttress the complaining witness.’ – Geraldo Rivera, via Twitter.
FIVE BILL COSBY RAPE ACCUSERS WHO HAVE TESTIFIED AT RETRIAL
Five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault have testified at the comedian’s retrial.
It was a big increase from the first trial, where there were just two women who took the stand – plaintiff Andrea Constand and Kelly Johnson.
This time Constand was joined by Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson, Chelan lasha, Lisa-Lotte Lublin and Heidi Thomas.
Prosecutors had been hoping to have 13 women testify alongside Constand to speak to a pattern of behavior exhibited by the defendant.
Cosby, 80, has been accused of drugging and raping over 40 women.
Janice Baker-Kinney claims that in 1982 (left) she woke up naked in bed with the comedian – and he told her to keep their encounter to themselves
Kinney said she was 24 in May 1982 when she and a friend met Cosby at the casino where she worked in Reno, Nevada.
She said the three of them went back to Cosby’s apartment, where he gave her some pills.
Baker-Kinney willingly took two pills and said she began to get blurry vision while playing backgammon with Cosby.
Hours later, she claims, she woke up naked in bed with the comedian – and he told her to keep their encounter to themselves.
‘I was mortified at what had happened,’ said Kinney back in 2015 when she went public with her allegations at a press conference.
‘All this time, and for many, many years, I felt that this was my fault.’
The defense tried to deny Baker-Kinney’s admission as a witness by arguing that her story is ‘nothing like Ms. Constand’s’ because she only met Cosby once, ‘voluntarily’ took quaaludes and apologized for passing out.
Janice Dickinson (left in 1982) claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 after giving her an unknown pill while they were in Lake Tahoe
The supermodel claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 after giving her an unknown pill.
Dickinson said in that 2014 interview that Cosby invited her to dinner to discuss a role on The Cosby Show and at one point offered her a glass of wine and a pill.
‘The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,’ she told Entertainment Tonight.
‘I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.’
Dickinson said her last memory of the night was of Cosby taking off his robe and climbing on top of her, and that the next morning she remembers ‘a lot of pain.’
The supermodel claimed the incident occurred in Lake Tahoe, California in 1982.
In her memoir, Dickinson detailed some of her evening in Lake Tahoe with Cosby but told a very different story.
She said she was drinking with Cosby at dinner and after being invited back to his room told him she was tired, at which point he slammed his door in her face.
Legal claims made by Cosby and his team may be why she decided not to print her current version of the story.
She said back in 2014 that she came forward because she believes the other victims who have spoken publicly, and that it is the ‘right thing to do.’
As for what she would say to Cosby if she saw him, Dickinson did not mince words.
‘How dare you,’ she said.
‘Go f*ck yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot.’
She is also currently preparing to face off with Cosby in a defamation lawsuit filed because of his response to her allegations.
Soon after that 2014 interview aired, Cosby’s attorney Marty Singer responded to requests for comment by disputing Dickinson’s claim that she was drugged and raped by his client and calling the allegation ‘an outrageous defamatory lie.’
A judge ruled in November that because he sent out that statement and a subsequent press release Singer will also face claims in the case.
‘We fail to see how justice is served by granting Singer a windfall immunity based on Cosby’s pursuit of a meritless motion,’ wrote California Second District Court of Appeals Associate Justice Laurence Rubin.
It was also ruled that Dickinson could recover all legal costs related to the appeal from Singer and Cosby.
Chelan Lasha (left in 1986) claims that Cosby attacked her when she was just 17 in 1986 when she was an aspiring model
Lasha said in a 2014 press conference that Cosby attacked her when she was just 17 in 1986 when she was an aspiring model.
She said her stepmother had sent pictures of her to the star and he called her at home in Las Vegas, inviting her to the Hilton Las Vegas, where he was performing and she had a job.
She then went up to Elvis Presley suite to meet him and after telling him she had a cold, he gave her a blue pill, which he said was an antihistimine, with a double shot of Amaretto.
She said: ‘He was rubbing my neck and saying that he might have to have someone come in and give me stress therapy.’
She claimed he told her to change into a Hilton bathrobe and wet her hair to see the modelling scout.
Someone did briefly come up to the room, pertaining to be from the Ford Modelling Agency -telling her to she needed to lose 10 pounds – and taking some pictures.
Then, Chelan said, Cosby walked her to the bedroom and gave her another shot of Amaretto, which he claimed would help her cold.
‘I laid down,’ she said: ‘He laid down next to me on the bed and began pinching my left nipple and humping my leg while he was grunting.
‘I could not open my eyes. I couldn’t move or say anything. I felt something warm on my legs. Then I blacked out.
‘Thirteen to sixteen hours later I woke up by hearing Mr Cosby clapping his hands and saying ‘Daddy says wake up’. He gave me $1500. He said the money was to buy something nice for me and my grandmother and he also invited me to go to the Temptations show with my grandmother.
‘My grandmother went but I did not go because I was too sick. Then he invited us to his show. My grandmother really want to go. I did not, but I went with her and heckled him. As a result, I was fired my from job.’
Lisa-Lotte Lublin (left in 1989) believes she was sexually assaulted by Cosby while passed out in his hotel in 1989
Lublin said she met Cosby in 1989 at a hotel in Las Vegas and that he asked her to perform an improvisation so that he could evaluate her acting.
According to the ex-model, she and Cosby were in the Elvis Suite at the Hilton Hotel when he offered her two drinks and proceeded to pet her hair.
A short time later she passed out, but she remembered the color of the walls in the room and a flood of bright light she said in a 2015 press conference.
She said that she believes she was sexually assaulted by Cosby while passed out in the hotel.
Prior to this, she and her mother had gone for a run with the comedian.
The defense argued that Lublin assumes she is a victim based on other media accounts but can only remember Cosby stroking her hair.
Heidi Thomas (left in 1984) said she found herself in bed next to a naked Bill Cosby who was ‘forcing himself’ in her mouth back in 1984
In 1984, Heidi Thomas, nee Johnson, was a 24-year-old model from Denver, Colorado, who was dreaming of a career in acting.
Thomas was being represented by the city’s top modelling agency, JF Images, but by 1984 she was questioning whether or not she wanted to stay in the business.
Then one day in the spring of 1984, she got a call from an agent who told her that a famous entertainer was searching for young talent to mentor.
Thomas said that Annie Maloney, of JF Images, instructed her to travel to Reno, Nevada, where she was supposed to meet with Bill Cosby, who allegedly had expressed interest in becoming her acting coach.Cosby greeted Thomas at the entrance and ushered her inside, according to the woman.
The aspiring actress began by performing a monologue for Cosby, who then asked her to do a cold read of a person who was intoxicated.
Thomas said Cosby was not impressed because to his mind, she was not convincing as a drunk.
She recalled that Cosby wanted her to relax, so he poured her a glass of Chablis.
The married music teacher said that her memory of the next several hours is very hazy, but when she woke up later that night, she found herself in bed next to a naked Bill Cosby who was ‘forcing himself’ in her mouth.
According to the woman, the married comedian then got on top of her and said to her: ‘I’m your friend… your friend is gonna [ejaculate] again,’ according to the 54-year-old mother of three.
Thomas said she was confused as to what happened and eventually stormed out of the room and slammed the door behind her, but she later apologized to Cosby for being rude.
She spent three more days with Cosby and said they were all hazy and a blur.
The defense argued she has given three versions of her story.
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