After nearly two decades of sexual assault accusations, Cosby has been convicted. A Pennsylvania jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in the case of Andrea Constand v. William H. Cosby Jr.
Andrea Constand after hearing the verdict. Vox
Andrea Constand was introduced to Cosby while working as the director of operations for the Temple University women’s basketball team. In 2004, Cosby raped her by giving her three blue pills that left her unable to move. The pills eventually caused her to lose consciousness, and she awoke to Cosby assaulting her. Ms. Constand described the nature of the assault in her testimony.
“I felt Mr. Cosby’s hand groping my breasts under my shirt. I also felt his hand inside my vagina moving in and out. And I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth. In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen. I wasn’t able to fight in any way.”
Cosby had made previous advances on her, but she consistently declined them. During one such incident, when Cosby tried to remove her pants, she firmly responded, “I’m not here for that. I don’t want that.”
Constand’s story is one of over 60 women’s recounts of Cosby sexually harassing or assaulting them. Five other women testified that Cosby had drugged and raped them, supporting Constand’s case.
Women who were assaulted by Cosby. The Cut
Gloria Allred, the attorney who represented Constand and other women assaulted by Cosby, rejoiced at the verdict. She said, “We are so happy that, finally, we can say women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law where they were under oath where they testified truthfully, where they were attacked, where they were smeared, where they were denigrated, where there were attempts to discredit them.”
We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law where they were under oath where they testified truthfully, where they were attacked, where they were smeared, where they were denigrated, where there were attempts to discredit them.”
Cosby faces a potential 30 years in prison with 10 years for each count of aggravated indecent assault.
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