Bill Cosby found guilty on all 3 counts in indecent assault trial

Constand claims the comedian gave her pills which caused her to drift in and out of consciousness before molesting her while she was unable to resist

Bill Cosby (left) is escorted outside Montgomery County Courtroom during a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault trial on 3 April 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. For several weeks the trial was a media spectacle, but after spending more than 50 hours reviewing testimony, the sequestered jury of five women and seven men failed to reach a unanimous decision and the judge declared a mistrial.

"I want you well rested".

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O'Neill read Cosby's testimony to jurors for almost three hours Wednesday evening.

Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday on all three counts of drugging and molesting a onetime friend in 2004, a decisive victory for prosecutors in one of the first celebrity sexual-assault trials of the #MeToo era. Only one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby's first trial.

And there was the dauntingly high burden-of-proof standard that every prosecutor must meet in a felony case in the American criminal justice system: Persuade 12 jurors "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the defendant is guilty and vote unanimously to convict.

Cosby, 80, the once-beloved black comedian and TV dad who won over white America on The Cosby Show in the 1980s, is on trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, 45, at his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004. Constand was also pressed about the almost $3.4 million Cosby paid her in a 2006 civil settlement, which was previously confidential.

Defense attorney Tom Mesereau called Constand a "pathological liar". Camille Cosby, 74, had stayed away as the prosecution built its case that her husband maintained a sordid double life, plying women with drugs and preying on them sexually. That testimony will be read to the jury Thursday morning by the court reporter. They embraced, smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek.

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Constand, who at the time was director of operations for women's basketball at Temple, says she passed out after Cosby gave her three blue pills, waking to find him penetrating her vagina with his fingers and making her masturbate his penis.

His colleague on the defense team, Katheen Bliss, derided the other accusers as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.

Their star witness was Marguerite Jackson, a former Temple colleague of Constand's who testified that Constand spoke of framing a high-profile person for the objective of filing a lawsuit.

"I'm confident that you will come back and tell that man that what he did to Andrea Constand that night is against the law", prosecutor Kristen Feden told jurors on Tuesday.

In addition to Constand, five women who have never before confronted Cosby in a criminal courtroom took the witness stand.

"She is the exact reason why women don't report these crimes", Feden said.

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