American comedian Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging, molesting woman
American stand up comedian and actor Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman.
Cosby, 80, faces up to 10 years years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.
The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too.
The first trial ended just before a flood of sexual assault and harassment accusations against rich and powerful men in media, entertainment and politics gave rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Those high-profile revelations have encouraged women in all walks of life to go public with personal stories of abuse, in some cases after years of silence.
Cosby, is best known as the lovable father from the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show".