The news that Bill Cosby was found guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault Thursday was considered a big win for the #MeToo movement, which aims to champion women whose accusations of sexual misconduct have been silenced and dismissed.
In the days following the news, many of his victims spoke out, as observers were left wondering: what’s next for the disgraced 80-year-old comedian?
VICTIMS SPEAK OUT
- Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004, but more than 50 other women accused him of assault as well. Her case was the only one that could be brought to trial due to statute of limitations laws.
- One of his most famous accusers is supermodel Janice Dickinson, who was one of five women who testified against Cosby at trial to share their stories as examples of “prior bad actions.”
- In an interview with DailyMailTV, she said: “I’ve been holding this in since 1982 and it’s slowly seeping out of me, the toxicity levels of emotion and catastrophic pain and nightmares for so very many years. I just bounced out of bed and was like, ‘Wow.'”
- She accused Cosby’s legal team of “slut” shaming her.
- “I was just mad inside, but I did not want [Cosby’s attorney, Tom Mesereau] to see that he could get underneath my skin,” Dickinson shared.
- “I didn’t want Cosby to see me face to face. I was kind of hiding behind a board that was barricading his view of me. I didn’t want him to see how confident I am and how beautiful I am and how that truly I’ve grown from a young girl into a fierce, devoted mom and a loyal woman to all women’s causes,” she continued. “So when I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I had a feeling of disgust enveloping me, to be honest.”
- “‘He deserves every bit of 30 years and more,” Dickinson said. “I hope he rots in hell.”
- After about 12 hours of deliberation, Cosby was convicted of three counts. That means the jury determined beyond a reasonable doubt that he drugged and molested Constand.
- But he’s not headed to jail yet. Judge Steven O’Neill allowed Cosby, who posted a $1 million bond, to remain free on bail. Friday, he said the sentencing would likely take place in 75 days.
- Before sentencing, Cosby was ordered to undergo a “sexually violent predator” assessment and placed under house arrest. He is also required to wear a GPS monitor and stay within a five-county area.
- Each count of the three counts he was convicted of carries up to 10 years in prison, but observers say he may serve the terms concurrently.
- Prison life will be a big change for Cosby, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $400M in 2016. (He owns several homes, a fortune’s worth of artwork and luxury cars).
- He would be one of 83 inmates aged 80 or older at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and one of just a few who is legally blind. He would be permitted to send and receive monitored emails and would be assigned a sighted inmate who would likely be paid 19-42 cents an hour to help lead him around the facility.
- He is appealing his conviction.
IS COSBY PREPARING HIMSELF FOR PRISON?
- Meanwhile, Cosby is reportedly mentally preparing himself for prison, telling Page Six that he is doing so by thinking about what the former political prisoner Nelson Mandela endured in South African prisons.
- “But, you know, I think back to the time when Camille and I went to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa,” Cosby said, referring to his wife of 54 years, Camille Cosby. “He was a free man, but I remember when we met him at Robben Island where he had been in a prison for all of those years. I sat in that cell where he lived, and I saw how he lived . . . what he had to eat to live and what he went through.
- “So, if they send me to that place, then that’s what they will do, and I will have to go there.”
- In a separate interview with ABC, Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt claimed Cosby never gave an interview to the paper.
- “He never did that,” Wyatt told ABC News on Sunday. “That’s totally false. He never gave Page Six an interview.”
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