Bill Cosby Is Found Guilty in Second Trial for Sexual Assault
NORRISTOWN, Pa.—A jury Thursday found entertainer Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004, after giving her a drug that incapacitated her.
Mr. Cosby, 80 years old, the comedian and actor who has occupied the pinnacle of American celebrity for decades, faces up to 10 years in prison for each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Mr. Cosby’s first trial last June ended in a hung jury and mistrial.
Andrea Constand, 45 years old, said that Mr. Cosby gave her three blue pills at his home in suburban Philadelphia in January 2004 when she was director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Mr. Cosby was a trustee.
She said her legs became rubbery and that Mr. Cosby helped her to a couch where he sexually assaulted her as she lost consciousness.
The verdict capped a nearly three-week trial in Montgomery County Court outside Philadelphia.
A portrait strikingly at odds with Mr. Cosby’s past persona as an affable comedian and star of “The Cosby Show” emerged at the trial. In a 2005 deposition, portions of which were read in court, Mr. Cosby said he got seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s to give them to women he wanted to have sex with, much “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’ ”
The trial largely turned on the testimony of Ms. Constand and her mother, who testified that Mr. Cosby later apologized to her for his behavior.
“I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off,” Ms. Constand told the jury.
Mr. Cosby’s defense team tried to portray Ms. Constand as a “con artist” who made up the allegations to extract money from the star. They called a former Temple colleague to testify that Ms. Constand once told her she hadn’t been assaulted but could say she had been to get enough money to quit her job.
Mr. Cosby paid Ms. Constand $3.38 million to settle a 2005 lawsuit she filed against him alleging assault. He didn’t admit any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors, who charged Mr. Cosby in December 2015, argued that he was a serial predator who won the trust of younger women, including Ms. Constand, by promising to mentor them, before using them for his own sexual gratification.