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Bill Cosby’s Wife Accompanies Actor For First Time During Sex Assault Retrial Ahead Of Closing Arguments
April 24, 2018 at 10:33 am

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) — For the first time during his sexual assault retrial, Bill Cosby was accompanied by his wife of more than 50 years as they walked into a courthouse Tuesday morning ahead of closing arguments.

Camille Cosby had been absent from the courtroom as prosecutors called a series of women to the stand who testified her husband drugged and sexually assaulted them, but she was by his side Tuesday for the trial’s conclusion.

The jury that will start deliberating Cosby’s fate has heard the comedian described over the past two weeks both as a “serial rapist” and a con artist’s victim.

They have seen a half-dozen accusers testify that the man once revered as “America’s Dad” had a sordid secret life that involved preying on women for his own sexual gratification. And they have heard from a witness who says his chief accuser talked about framing a high-profile person to score a big payday.

Now, seven men and five women who have been kept in a suburban Philadelphia hotel, away from family, friends and daily routines, will get to have their say in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

“You now have all of the evidence,” Judge Steven O’Neill told them after Cosby’s lawyers rested on Monday without calling the 80-year-old comedian to the stand. “Try to relax, so that you’re on your game tomorrow.”

Jurors could be in for a marathon.

Before going off to deliberate, they will hear both sides rehash the case in lengthy closing arguments, and they will get O’Neill’s instructions in the law.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault — all stemming from Andrea Constand’s allegations that he knocked her out with three pills he called “your friends” and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Cosby has said he gave Constand 1˝ tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he called a consensual sexual encounter.

The jury in Cosby’s first trial weighed the evidence for more than 52 hours over six days without reaching a verdict.

This time, both sides have given the retrial jury much more to consider.

Prosecutors were able to call five additional accusers who testified that Cosby also drugged and violated them — including one woman who asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”

Cosby’s new defense team, led by Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, countered with a far more robust effort at stoking doubts about Constand’s credibility and raising questions about whether Cosby’s arrest was even legal.

The defense’s star witness was a former colleague of Constand who says Constand spoke of leveling false sexual assault accusations against a high-profile person for the purpose of filing a civil suit. Constand got a civil settlement of nearly $3.4 million from Cosby.

Both juries also heard from Cosby himself — not on the witness stand, but via an explosive deposition he gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand’s civil suit against him. In it, Cosby acknowledged he gave the sedative quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s.

Cosby’s lawyers devoted the last two days of their case to travel records they say prove he could not have been at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. They argue that any encounter there with Constand would have happened earlier, outside the statute of limitations.

Cosby’s private jet records and travel itineraries produced by Cosby’s lawyers do not show any flights in or out of the Philadelphia area in January 2004, but they have large gaps — a total of 17 days that month in which Cosby was not traveling, performing or taping TV appearances.

District Attorney Kevin Steele noted that the records do not account for other ways Cosby could have gotten to Philadelphia.

“You can’t tell us whether he got on a commercial flight,” Steele said, questioning a defense aviation expert. “You can’t tell us whether he got on a train. You can’t tell us whether he got in a car and drove to Philadelphia.”
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Cosby Retrial: Defense Rests; Cosby Doesn’t Testify
April 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Closing arguments are set to begin in Bill Cosby’s sex assault retrial as the defense rested their case on Monday.

“You now have all of the evidence,” Judge Steven O’Neill told jurors, sending them back to their hotel after an abbreviated day of testimony. “Try to relax, so that you’re on your game tomorrow.”

Closing arguments will be held Tuesday in the case that pits the “Cosby Show” star once known as America’s Dad against a woman who says he drugged her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, then sexually assaulted her while she was unable to resist or say no.

Cosby, 80, didn’t take the stand at his first trial, either. That one ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on three related counts of aggravated indecent assault. If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each count.

Jurors heard testimony from 25 witnesses over the course of about two weeks.

Chief accuser Andrea Constand told her story to the jury, as did five other women who say Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too.

Jurors also heard from Cosby himself, in the form of an explosive deposition he gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand’s civil suit against him. In it, Cosby acknowledged he gave the sedative quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s.

Cosby has said he gave a cold and allergy medicine to Constand to help her relax before what he called a consensual sexual encounter.

The star defense witness was a former colleague of Constand who says Constand spoke of leveling false sexual assault accusations against a high-profile person for the purpose of filing a civil suit. Constand got a civil settlement of nearly $3.4 million from Cosby.

On Monday, the judge did not allow his lawyers to introduce testimony they say would shed light on the possible motivation of the comedian’s chief accuser. The defense wanted jurors to hear deposition testimony from Andrea Constand’s friend, Sheri Williams. Cosby’s lawyers said Williams hasn’t responded to subpoenas.

They wanted Williams’ testimony to rebut Constand’s claims that she was unaware Cosby was romantically interested in her. They said Williams would show Constand “could not have been the unwitting victim” prosecutors have portrayed.

As the trial wound down Monday, prosecutors highlighted gaps in Cosby’s travel records.

Cosby’s lawyers introduced the records in an attempt to show he couldn’t have been at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, the month Constand alleges he drugged and sexually molested her there.

But prosecutors pointed out multiple stretches of time that month when Cosby wasn’t aboard his private jet or performing around the country. And District Attorney Kevin Steele noted in court Monday that the records reflect only jet travel, not other modes of transportation.

The date of Cosby’s encounter with Constand is important because of when he was charged. Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015, and he was charged late that year — just before the 12-year statute of limitations was set to expire.

The flight records and travel itineraries produced by Cosby’s lawyers do not show any flights in or out of the Philadelphia area in January 2004, indicating he wasn’t around for the alleged assault, according to the defense. Cosby’s lawyers argue that any encounter with Constand at his suburban home must have happened earlier, thus falling outside the statute of limitations.

But the records also have large gaps — a total of 17 days that month in which Cosby wasn’t traveling, performing or taping TV appearances.

Cross-examining a defense aviation expert, Steele, the prosecutor, zeroed in on March 16, 2004, the date Constand said she confronted Cosby after a dinner he hosted at a Chinese restaurant for Philadelphia high school students.

Cosby’s private jet records don’t show him taking any flights to the Philadelphia area around that time, either.

“You can’t tell us whether he got on a commercial flight,” Steele said. “You can’t tell us whether he got on a train. You can’t tell us whether he got in a car and drove to Philadelphia.”

Jurors also heard Monday from Roslyn Yarbrough, a former secretary for Cosby’s agent, who testified that Cosby spent most of his time at his Massachusetts estate and New York City townhouse, and was “very rarely” at the home near Philadelphia.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
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Jury Deliberations To Start In Cosby Retrial
April 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Bill Cosby’s fate will soon be in the hands of a jury.

Jurors at Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments that portrayed the comedian both as a calculating predator who’s finally being brought to justice and the victim of a multimillion-dollar frame-up by a “pathological liar.”

The seven men and five women sequestered at a suburban Philadelphia hotel will start weighing charges on Wednesday in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. They begged off a late Tuesday start, saying they were exhausted from 5˝ hours of arguments.

Cosby gave a quick fist pump and sashayed toward well-wishers chanting “We love Bill!” as he arrived at the courthouse on a rainy Wednesday morning.

The prosecution and defense gave jurors lots to think about after a two-week trial pitting Cosby, the 80-year-old comedian once revered as “America’s Dad,” against Andrea Constand, a former Temple University sports administrator who testified that he knocked her out with three pills he called “your friends” and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

“The time for the defendant to escape justice is over. It’s finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences,” prosecutor Stewart Ryan said, imploring jurors to stand with Constand, look Cosby in the eye and “tell him the truth about what he did.”

Cosby’s lawyers argued that the charges were based on “flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence.”

This time, prosecutors had five other women testify that Cosby drugged and violated them. One accuser asked him through tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?” Cosby’s lawyers, who contend the encounter was consensual, called a woman who said Constand spoke of framing a high-profile person to sue and extract a big settlement.

None of that was allowed at Cosby’s streamlined first trial, which ended in a hung jury last year after deliberations over six days. Nor were jurors told the amount of Cosby’s 2006 civil settlement with Constand: nearly $3.4 million, which defense lawyer Tom Mesereau on Tuesday called “one of the biggest highway robberies of all time.”

“I have never seen or heard of a retrial that was as different as this was from the first trial,” said lawyer Dennis McAndrews, who’s been in court following the retrial and is not associated with either side. “The prosecution now had multiple victims and the defense had the issue of money, which were powerful weapons for both sides.”

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying up to 10 years in prison. His wife of 54 years, Camille, looked on from the gallery as his lawyers pleaded with the jury to clear him, the first time she has attended the trial. She also sat in for the defense’s closing argument at his first trial.

Camille Cosby, 74, had stayed away as the prosecution built its case that her husband maintained a sordid double life, plying women with drugs and preying on them sexually. Before the jury came in, she put her arm around Cosby, who is legally blind. They smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek. When it was the prosecution’s turn to argue, she left the courtroom, and Constand entered.

“You’re dealing with a pathological liar, members of the jury,” said Mesereau, who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s 2005 child molestation case. “You are.”

Prosecutor Kristen Feden called Cosby the true con artist — wresting that label from Cosby’s lawyers, who had applied it to Constand throughout the trial.

“Yes, you did hear about a con,” Feden said, her voice rising as she moved toward Cosby and pointed at him. “The perpetrator of that con is this man, sitting right here.”

She warned that the man trusted for his role as genial, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” is “nothing like the image that he played on TV.”

The defense highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years and painstakingly reviewed phone and travel records, saying they prove the alleged assault couldn’t have happened when she says it did. They argued that he was charged after the 12-year statute of limitations for prosecuting him had run out.
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Bill Cosby Yelled At By Prosecutor During Closing Argument For Apparently Laughing
By Joe Holden
April 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — There were fireworks in the courtroom on Tuesday as the prosecution and defense delivered closing arguments in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden yelled at Bill Cosby during her closing argument, as she scolded him for apparently laughing.

“There’s nothing funny about it, Mr. Cosby,” said Feden, her voice raised.

Channeling the accounts of Andrea Constand and five other women, Feden assailed Cosby’s legal team, singling out Kathleen Bliss.

“The character assassination Ms. Bliss put those women through, it was utterly shameful,” Feden said in the courtroom. “She is the exact reason why women and men and victims of sexual assault don’t report these crimes.”

Defense attorneys for Cosby were laser-focused on Constand’s credibility – a familiar theme through the trial.

“This woman will say anything. She will absolutely say anything. She is a pathological liar,” said attorney Tom Mesereau.

They described the state’s evidence as “flimsy and silly” and used calendars and phone records, submitting Cosby wasn’t in Philadelphia when the alleged 2004 assault happened.

Dolores Troiani, who represented Constand when she first made reports to law enforcement, said this retrial has been “nasty.”

“I think the big takeaway is how nasty this trial has been. At some point in time, people keep saying, ‘Oh my gosh, why do women delay?’ Well, this is the reason why women delay,” explained Troiani.

Attorneys encouraged jurors to challenge the allegations Cosby repeatedly drugged and sexually assaulted women for decades.

Mindful of the “Me Too” movement, Bliss said, “Yes, we do have to deal with sexual assault, it’s a worldwide problem, but questioning an accuser is not shaming a victim. Gut feelings are not rational decisions, mob rule is not due process.”

Camille Cosby was also in the courtroom during closing arguments. She did embrace her husband and left as the prosecution took over.
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Jurors Deciding Bill Cosby's Fate Enter Day 2 of Deliberations
The jury outside Philadelphia worked more than 10 hours before calling it a night late Wednesday
By Michael R. Sisak and Claudia Lauer
Published 6 hours ago | Updated 2 hours ago

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial kicked off a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday.

The seven men and five women were to have Marguerite Jackson's testimony read back to them when court resumes on Thursday, after a marathon, 10-hour first day of deliberations failed to yield a verdict in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Cosby twice said "good morning" as he entered the courthouse Thursday.

Exhausted jurors called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby's old deposition testimony.

They included his version of what happened the night Constand says he drugged her with three pills and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004, and his admission that he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.

Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him, which he settled in 2006 for nearly $3.4 million.

He has said his encounter with Constand was consensual.

Constand, a former Temple University sports administrator, was in the courtroom on Wednesday as jurors asked to rehear Jackson's testimony that she mused about fabricating sexual assault allegations to "get that money" from a civil suit.

Jackson, an academic adviser at the school, testified for about 1˝ hours last week. She was immediately challenged by prosecutors who produced travel records suggesting she wasn't on the Feb. 1, 2004 women's basketball trip to Rhode Island where she says the conversation took place.

As jurors started weighing charges that could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life, the 80-year-old comedian's lawyers came under fire for what some called a blatant attempt to "victim-shame" women who've leveled accusations against him.

In their closing argument after two weeks of testimony, Cosby's lawyers launched a withering attack on Constand and five other women who told the jury that the former TV star had drugged and assaulted them, too.

Defense attorney Kathleen Bliss chastised Constand for "cavorting around with a married man old enough to be her grandfather." She derided the other women as homewreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.

She questioned the "personal morality" of one accuser and called another, model Janice Dickinson, a "failed starlet" and "aged-out model" who "sounds as though she slept with every man on the planet."

And she slammed the #MeToo movement itself, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

"They're playing on the same old myths that have been protecting perpetrators for centuries," said Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She said the defense's closing argument was filled with "rampant and ingrained" misconceptions about sexual assault and victim behavior.

"It was not only an attack on these six accusers," Houser said, "it was a verbal slap to survivors all across this country."

Gloria Allred, the lawyer for three of the women who testified, blasted the defense's closing as "victim-shaming and victim-blaming" and said Cosby's lawyers had smeared her clients in a win-at-all-cost effort at an acquittal.

Perhaps anticipating the criticism, Bliss told jurors in her closing that "questioning an accuser is not blaming the victim."

Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson said: "There is no assassination of any character."

Bill James, a defense lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas, said vigorous advocacy is a defense lawyer's job.

Attacking an accuser's credibility — especially if there are no other witnesses and no physical evidence — is standard practice in sexual assault cases, he said.

"What's good taste and what's aggressive representation are not always the same," he said. "In a criminal case you have a greater obligation to go after a witness's credibility because you're dealing with someone's freedom."

In her own closing argument, Cosby prosecutor Kristen Feden rebuked Bliss for engaging in "utterly shameful" and "filthy" character assassination of Constand and the others.

"She is the exact reason why women don't report these crimes," Feden said.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Dickinson have done.
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Jury finds Bill Cosby guilty on all charges in sex assault retrial



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NORRISTOWN, Pa. --
Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.

Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final 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.

Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an "a--hole" after the prosecutor asked that the former TV star be immediately jailed because he might flee. Cosby denied he has an airplane and shouted, "I'm sick of him!"
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Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging, molesting woman
By Emily Saul
April 26, 2018 | 1:51pm | Updated

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Nearly 14 years after Bill Cosby drugged and molested a woman 30 years his junior, a jury found him guilty Thursday of all charges in his sex assault retrial.

The disgraced comedian showed no emotion and looked down at the table in front of him as the jury forewoman read aloud “guilty” to all three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

One of his victims, Lili Bernard, burst into tears as the verdicts were read, prompting Judge Steven O’Neill to call for order in the Montgomery County courtroom. Bernard was sobbing as she was escorted out of the courtroom.

Cosby’s chief accuser, Andrea Constand, sat stone-faced in the first row but tilted her head back and breathed a sigh of relief after jurors were formally polled. She took a moment to hug Dolores Troiani, the lawyer who represented her in her civil lawsuit against Cosby and took a deposition of the comedian in which he admitted to drugging women he wanted to sleep with.

The convicted pervert now faces up to 10 years behind bars on each of the three counts.

He was allowed to remain free on $1 million bail despite a fight from prosecutors who said he was a flight risk and someone with “limitless wealth” and a private plane. The argument prompted an chimpout from Cosby, who stood up and yelled, “He doesn’t have a plane, you a–hole! That shows what you know!”

Cosby was ordered to surrender his passport and stay in Montgomery County pending his sentencing date, which was not set.

The reckoning comes following the disgraced comic’s second trial, and just over 14 hours of deliberations by a panel of five women and seven men.

O’Neill ruled that jurors’ identities will remain anonymous.

“This is an extraordinary case,” the judge said, before thanking them for their service.

Cosby was seen smiling and laughing with his lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, in the courtroom before he was ushered into a back room to wait for a probation officer.

He emerged emotionless outside the courthouse — to a swarm of protesters and news reporters — with his publicist and defense team, including Mesereau, the white-haired lawyer who notably got Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation charges.

“We don’t think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything. The fight is not over,” Mesereau told reporters, as an enraged protester screamed, “I hope you choke to death on a pudding pop!”

Cosby climbed into a waiting SUV with his publicist and sped away — without saying a word.

Constand, now 45, bravely took the stand to publicly relay for a second time her recollection of the horrifying 2004 attack.

The former Temple University basketball administrator told jurors she took three blue pills from Cosby, which she thought were herbal, to help with stress while at his Cheltenham, Pennsylvania home in January 2004.

She said her mouth became “cottony,” and her legs “rubbery,” and was helped by the then-67-year-old to a couch before she slipped into darkness.

“I was kind of, um, jolted awake, and felt Mr. Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully,” Constand testified. “I felt my breasts being touched. And he took my hand, and placed my hand on his penis, and masturbated himself with my hand. And I was not able to do anything about it.”

In what proved to be a turning point for prosecutors, five other Cosby accusers were allowed to testify at this trial — supermodel Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney and Maude Lise-Lotte Lublin.

They each testified that the actor once revered as “America’s Dad” slipped them pills and sexually assaulted them.

Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting some 60 women.

His first trial last year ended in a hung jury after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
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Temple University Considers Rescinding Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree Following Guilty Verdict
April 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Temple University is considering rescinding Bill Cosby’s honorary degree after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault.

A jury convicted the 80-year-old actor and comedian on Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

“Temple University respects today’s decision reached by the jury in the Bill Cosby case. Today’s decision provides additional facts for the university to consider with respect to Bill Cosby’s honorary degree,” Cosby’s alma mater said in a statement.

Cosby had been a big part of the university for years. He was on the Board of Trustees from 1982 to 2014 until he was forced to resign when the sexual assault allegations came to light.

A number of other universities around the country rescinded Cosby’s degrees at that time, but Temple left their’s in place. Carnegie Mellon University decided to rescind Cosby’s honorary degree from 2007 following the verdict.

The jury deliberated for 14 hours over the span of two days before rendering their verdict.

Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison.
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Comic Who Called Cosby Rapist Credited After His Conviction
Buress was silent on the subject after Thursday's verdict against Cosby
Published 33 minutes ago | Updated 7 minutes ago

Standup comic Hannibal Buress, whose 2014 remark about sexual-assault accusations against Bill Cosby went viral, is getting another serious surge of attention.

The path to Cosby's conviction on Thursday on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home arguably started 3 1/2 years earlier in a Philadelphia comedy club, where Buress during his standup act mocked Cosby's smug preachiness and called him a rapist.

"I've done this bit on stage, and people think I'm making it up," Burress said. "Bill Cosby has a lot of rape allegations. ... When you leave here, Google 'Bill Cosby rape.'"

Cellphone video of the moment taken by then-Philadelphia Magazine reporter Dan McQuade went viral, and so did the allegations. Stories that had been public but largely ignored for years suddenly got a footing. New accusers emerged, and old accusers remerged. Lawsuits and criminal prosecution soon followed.

Buress was silent on the subject after Thursday's verdict against Cosby, tweeting out only tour dates, and his representatives didn't respond to requests for a statement. But thousands of people were talking about him on Twitter in posts like these:

— "Think about the impact Hannibal Buress made." — CNBC politics reporter John Harwood.

— "These allegations were made for years and were almost uniformly ignored. Then Hannibal Buress referenced them in a standup comedy routine that went viral, and suddenly it was an avalanche." — Michael David Smith, managing editor of Pro Football Talk.

— "Somebody buy @hannibalburess a drink today. And then again tomorrow. Forever." — TV comedy writer Travon Free.

— "Hannibal Buress changed history." — John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary.

Cosby, who was known for his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," repeatedly denied sexually violating a Temple University employee at his mansion in 2004. Cosby, who's 80, could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault but is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines.

Buress has refused to talk about Cosby in interviews, but he addressed what he had started in his 2016 Netflix special.

"That situation got out of hand. Yikes!" Buress said. "I was just doing a joke at a show."

He said most of the media coverage contained a "slight dis" when it called him "unknown comedian Hannibal Buress."

No one calls him that anymore.
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Cosby Fitted With Ankle Bracelet, To Be Prisoner Inside Home
April 28, 2018 at 10:02 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Two days after his conviction, Bill Cosby has already started life as an inmate — though his surroundings are far nicer than they likely will be in a few months.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail after a Montgomery County jury found him guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

A judge says Cosby will be confined to the same suburban Philadelphia mansion where jurors concluded he drugged and molested a Temple University women’s basketball administrator, ordering him to be outfitted with a GPS ankle bracelet to monitor compliance.

Until sentencing, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Friday, the 80-year-old comedian may leave his house only to meet with his lawyers or go to the doctor, and he must get permission first.

It was the latest sign that Cosby’s past — a sordid double life that gave the lie to his carefully cultivated image as America’s Dad — had finally caught up with him.

Cosby was convicted Thursday of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and now faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars. His team blasted the retrial as a “public lynching” and began looking ahead to an appeal.

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s Spokesperson, told Eyewitness news in an interview that, “He’s not sad. He’s not walking around with his head bowed. He’s not miserable. He just knows that he did not do these things.”

Cosby’s publicist, Ebonee Benson also took part in the interview saying that their team is working quickly to appeal the guilty verdict.

“The fight hasn’t stopped.” It’s just moving from trial ending to the next phase,” said Benson.

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s Spokesperson, told Eyewitness news in an interview that, “He’s not sad. He’s not walking around with his head bowed. He’s not miserable. He just knows that he did not do these things.”

Cosby’s publicist, Ebonee Benson also took part in the interview saying that their team is working quickly to appeal the guilty verdict.

“The fight hasn’t stopped.” It’s just moving from trial ending to the next phase,” said Benson.

Constand, now 45, first went to police in 2005 with her allegation that Cosby had knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends” and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no. But the district attorney at the time halted a police investigation after just four weeks, declaring the case too weak to be prosecuted.

Many on social media applauded the #MeToo movement as a factor in propelling this case, involving a high profile figure, to the point of conviction. Cosby’s team disagrees.

The current district attorney, Kevin Steele, who made the decision to retry Cosby after last year’s hung jury, said in a statement Friday he hoped the case would “pave the road for future victims to come forward to law enforcement and have their allegation investigated.”

How the jury arrived at its verdict remained a mystery.
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