It didn’t take the jury long to find entertainer Bill Cosby guilty of aggravated indecent assault against a woman who, at the time of the assault, was a Temple University employee.
For years, dozens of women have accused Cosby of similar assaults with no results. Cosby’s case was the first high-profile sexual assault trial to be concluded after the viral #MeToo social media campaign.
Cosby has been released on bail pending sentencing, but for now must remain under house arrest with a GPS monitor.
What Was Different This Time?
Bill Cosby’s first trial for these charges ended in a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. Read more about this first trial in our prior blog.
One difference between the two trials is timing. The most recent trial began after the #MeToo movement, which built awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault and harassment across all industries. As the campaign snowballed, more and more women spoke out about their experiences with sexual misconduct. When the voices of many high-profile women, particularly in the entertainment industry, were added, the reality of what many women faced and continue to face every day gained credence.
Another difference between the two trials is the number of women who, claiming that they were also assaulted by Cosby, were allowed to testify. In the first trial, only one woman beside the plaintiff testified against him. However, at the second trial, five accusers were able to speak out about their experiences. With the guilty verdict, it appears that this testimony held both weight and believability with the jurors.
What’s Next for Bill Cosby?
When sentenced, Cosby may face up to 10 years in state prison for each of the three felony counts. However, his defense attorney plans to appeal the conviction and that appeal may take months or even years.
Whatever lies ahead for the entertainer, Cosby’s reputation is forever damaged. His appearances in recent years have been poorly attended as more and more people realized that under that folksy, paternal façade that was Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, lurked a predator who is now convicted of sexual assault.
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