Cosby found guilty in sex assault retrial

Bill Cosby jurors ask ‘What is consent

The first ended in a mistrial previous year when jurors couldn't reach a verdict, but the second comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement that has raised awareness on predatory practices by power players in Hollywood and other industries.

The disgraced comedian, 80, initially showed no emotion and looked down at the table in front of him as the verdicts were read, but lashed out after jurors left the courtroom.

Cosby accuser Janice Baker-Kinney, who alleges he drugged and raped her in 1982, says in a statement she's relieved "this toxic chain of silence has been broken" and says the women can move forward "with heads held high".

The reckoning comes following the disgraced comic's second trial, and just over 14 hours of deliberations by a panel of five women and seven men.

The judge ruled that Cosby will remain free pending sentencing.

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Gloria Allred, the lawyer for three of the women who testified, blasted the defense closing as "victim-shaming and victim-blaming" and said Cosby's lawyers had smeared her clients in a win-at-all-costs effort at an acquittal.

The prosecution painted Cosby as the real "con", who exploited his fame as "America's Dad" to betray women's trust by drugging and sexually assaulting them against their will.

Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him, testifying that he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with back in the 1970s.

The conviction follows years of allegations against Cosby from multiple women.

The jury's decision comes less than a year after a different jury could not come to a decision.

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As rapt jurors listened to the judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial read back prior testimony, the entertainer's lead lawyer snoozed in his chair.

Jackson claims that Constand told her while rooming together on a university basketball trip in February 2004 - a month after the alleged assault - that she could set up a celebrity for cash.

When Constand took the witness stand, she told the jury that one night in January 2004, Cosby gave her three blue pills he called "friends" to relax her. "I feel like I'm dreaming".

The judge said he did not believe Cosby was a flight risk and said the $US1 million bail should be sufficient.

The defense team pointed to the settlement as evidence that Constand was a con artist who fabricated her accusations for a big payday, in their attempt to counter prosecutors' portrayal of Cosby as a serial predator, .

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The jury resumed deliberations Thursday by re-examining testimony from a defense witness who said Constand once talked about framing a prominent person for money. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice. Constand got a civil settlement of almost $3.4 million from Cosby.

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