Bill Cosby has been found guilty on three charges of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial.
After a second day of deliberations, the verdict was read in court on Thursday. Cosby faces a maximum of 10 years as well as a fine up to $25,000 on each count. Cosby will remain free on bail until his sentencing, NBC News reports.
Cosby was on trial on charges of assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He has denied any wrongdoing. Cosby’s first trial on the case ended in a mistrial in 2017 after a deadlocked jury failed to reach a verdict.
In a press conference following the verdict announcement, Cosby’s attorney Tom Mesereau said, “We are very disappointed; we know he is not guilty of anything; it’s not over.”
Bill Cosby reportedly had harsh words on Thursday for the prosecutor in his sexual assault trial, as the district attorney pushed to have Cosby’s bail revoked following his conviction for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand.
According to multiple news outlets, Cosby’s outburst came as Kevin Steele, the district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, argued that the 80-year-old entertainer could be a flight risk because he owns a private plane and could travel “any place.”
At that point, Cosby yelled, “He doesn’t have a plane, you a——!” Journalists Jim Melwert and Stephanie Wash, along with NBC News, recounted the scene on Twitter.
“I’m sick of it, you a——!” Cosby added, NBC reports.
He was ultimately allowed to remain free on bail but, according to NBC, he was told to stay at his home.
Following a 12-day trial, Montgomery County jurors deliberated for about 14 hours over two days before handing down their guilty verdict.
Bill Cosby’s second trial on sexual assault charges ended Thursday with the disgraced entertainer found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and ordered to remain confined to his home pending sentencing.
The date for a judge to determine Cosby’s prison term is not yet known, according to authorities.
State law could allow a maximum possible penalty of 10 years per charge — or 30 years total.
Still, it is not at all clear that the 80-year-old comedian and former sitcom star would face nearly so stiff a penalty for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Pennsylvania, as many other states do, allows judges broad discretion within a predetermined set of sentencing guidelines.
What’s more, the decision to have Cosby serve his sentences for each charge one after another or at the same time (consecutively or concurrently) is also the judge’s alone.
Until his sentencing, Cosby has been ordered to turn over his passport and remain at his Pennsylvania home, court records show.
His attorneys have said they will appeal. “We are very disappointed by the verdict,” attorney Tom Mesereau said after the verdict. “We don’t think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything.”