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Bill Cosby Guilty: Comedy Icon Convicted Of Drugging And Assaulting Woman

It is the comedy icon's first conviction after more than 50 women accused him of assault. 

By Jason Silverstein
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Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 — the first conviction of the comedy icon after more than 50 women have accused him of assault. 

A jury in Pennsylvania found the star once known as "America's Dad" guilty of assaulting Andrea Constand, 45. Cosby had denied accusations from Constand and all other women accusing him of assault.

The jury returned the verdict after two days of deliberation, and after the first trial for the charges ended in a mistrial. 

According to multiple reports, Cosby screamed that Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele is an "asshole" after Steele said Cosby should immediately be taken into custody because he could travel anywhere on a private plane. The judge denied Steele's request and Cosby will remain free on bail.

Cosby was convicted of penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant, all of which are punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. 

During the three-week trial, six women testified that Cosby, 80, had drugged and assaulted them. Cosby's defense tried to argue that the accusers were trying to frame him.

Some of Cosby's accusers cried in the courtroom as the verdict was ready. They hailed it as a long-awaited victory.

"I feel like my faith in humanity is restored," Lili Bernard, an accuser who once appeared on "The Cosby Show," told reporters outside the courtroom.

[Photo: Getty]

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