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Cosby at courthouse as jury debates his fate

Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault is now in the hands of the 12-person jury. Jurors received the case Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m Jury asks to re-hear testimony from Cosby's star witness in second day of deliberations in the disgraced comedian's
Ella Tate | 27 April, 2018, 01:00

He faces up to 30 years in prison, though he is not likely to serve the maximum sentence. Steele told the judge Cosby has a plane and might flee.

Cosby did not have an audible reaction to his conviction, but erupted shortly afterward.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Thursday he planned to meet with the alternates to "let them know they're still important".

"He doesn't have a plane, you a-hole!" He is not allowed to leave the state of Pennsylvania.

Soon after the first trial, a series of women leveled sexual assault and harassment accusations against men in media, entertainment and politics, giving rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that encouraged women go public with personal stories of abuse, in some cases after years of silence.

Cosby did become clearly angry as District Attorney Kevin Steele insisted that Cosby's bail be raised from the current $1 million.

"He used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him hide his crimes", Steele said.

Cosby's attorney, Tom Mesereau, said he plans to appeal "very strongly". "We don't think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything, and the fight is not over".

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from 62 women who have publicly said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.

Cosby's defense team launched aggressive attacks on Constand's credibility and said that their sexual interaction was consensual.

"I could say it did", Jackson told the court, quoting Constand, who at the time was director of operations for women's basketball at Temple.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism". She left court without comment. "When all is said and done, women were finally believed".

Cosby denied he has an airplane and shouted, "I'm sick of him!"

Another prosecutor, Kristen Feden, said Cosby was "nothing like the image that he played on TV" as sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing father of five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". He said Cosby "was a man who had evaded this moment for far too long".

The charges were first brought to trial last June, but the jury ended in a deadlock on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations. Jurors deliberated for 14 hours before reaching a verdict, the AP reports.

Like many of Cosby's other accusers, Constand said she was drugged and violated while unable to defend herself.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

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