Bill Cosby Convicted Of Indecent Assault

Bill Cosby. Photo courtesy of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia via Wikipedia. Public domain.

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby has another title — convicted felon.

The 80-year-old Cosby, whose career has spanned six decades thanks to comedy videos and the TV shows “I Spy”, “The Cosby Show” and “Fat Albert”, was convicted Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The trial took place in Norristown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. The verdict was read after jurors deliberated for a total of 14 hours.

Cosby had been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He was being re-tried after proceedings in 2017 ended in a hung jury.

The woman at the centre of this trial, identified as Andrea Constand, said the married Cosby had assaulted her when she visited his Philadelphia-area home in a mentoring capacity. She was working at the time for the women’s basketball program at Temple University, where Cosby was an alum and a trustee.

Cosby had denied the charges, saying that the encounter had been consensual. He has otherwise refused to discuss the matter with the media.

Over 60 women had accused the comedian of similar behaviour, stretching back to the 1960s.

Cosby has won nine Grammy Awards for comedy recordings, four Emmy Awards, and a Kennedy Center Honor over the course of his career.

He had been facing severe fallout since the allegations were first widely reported over three years ago. Reruns of his shows have been pulled from the air and many colleges who had conferred honorary degrees on him rescinded those awards. He has also faced multiple civil lawsuits.

Cosby has been released on a $1-million bond until his sentencing. He faces up to ten years in prison on each count.