The first ended in a mistrial a year ago 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. He says the woman consented.
The disgraced comedian, 80, initially showed no emotion and looked down at the table in front of him as the verdicts were read - which prompted some of his victims in the gallery to burst into tears.
She said the pills made her feel woozy, and when she was jolted awake Cosby was digitally penetrating her vagina, touching her breasts and masturbating himself with her hand.
Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of sexual assault by a United States jury, which found him guilty of drugging and molesting a university employee 14 years ago in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. At times, they rebuked strong questioning from the defense, such as when attorney Kathleen Bliss asked Thomas whether she was testifying to help Constand. This jury began deliberating Wednesday around 11 a.m., and worked for more than 14 hours over two days to reach the verdict.
Cosby remains free on his current bail, with instructions not to leave the country. Some cried on the stand recounting how Cosby attacked them while they were in drug-induced stupors, and others attempted to discredit main accuser Andrea Constand by detailing instances of supposed deceit and inconsistencies.
Only one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby's first trial.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous women who have accused Cosby of misconduct, said this was the happiest she had been with a verdict in 42 years.
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The conviction follows years of allegations against Cosby from multiple women. Cosby's defense team told jurors that the sex between Constand and Cosby occurred multiple times and that each encounter was consensual.
The sedative was a popular party drug before the U.S. banned it more than 30 years ago.
Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are having the testimony of the star defence witness read back to them. "I feel like I'm dreaming". Cosby's lawyers argued Constand levelled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him and extract a huge civil settlement.
The victim, Andrea Constand, is now 45 years old. The strategy was apparent from Mesereau's opening statement, when he said, "Does it sound like Mr. Cosby betrayed her or that she betrayed him and tried to milk him for over $3 million?"
The exhausted panel called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby's old deposition testimony, including his admission he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.
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.