Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Bill Cosby has been found guilty by a Philadelphia jury of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand in 2004.

The first jury, which considered the case last summer, deadlocked and the court ultimately ruled the matter a mistrial.

While the underlying facts of the case remain the same, this jury saw different evidence than the first.

Five women who accuse Cosby of drugging and assaulting them were allowed to testify as “prior bad acts” witnesses in an effort for prosecutors to prove the behavior was a pattern. Last time, only one of the women was allowed to take the stand.

Also new was testimony from Constand’s former Temple University colleague who claims the accuser privately admitted to framing Cosby in order to cash in — and a revelation that Cosby paid Constand nearly $3.4 million in 2006 to settle her civil claims.

The comedian did not take the stand during the trial, which saw testimony from more than two dozen witnesses.