This Is the 1 Reason Why Bill Cosby Was Convicted Of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault allegations may have started as early as the 1960s where a number of accusers said instances occurred while he was on the road doing comedy, The Los Angeles Times reported At least 60 women came forward, with allegations ranging from inappropriate sexual behavior to being drugged and raped, USA Today reported. But what finally led to his conviction? Page 6 shows the evidence that led to his conviction.
1. This is the accusation that started it all
Andrea Constand, who worked for Temple’s women’s basketball team, initially met Cosby in 2002, The New York Times reported. Constand invited him to her home in 2004, where Cosby sexually assaulted her after he slipped a drug into her wine. The drug left her incapacitated during the attack.
Next: This is what happened after the attack.
2. Cosby’s accuser couldn’t believe this is what happened
Constant files a police complaint against Cosby in 2005, but the Montgomery County district attorney decides to not press charges. So, Constand files suit and dozens of women come forward with similar stories, according to The New York Times.
Next: Outrage begins to mount.
3. No one saw this coming
The list of accusers begins to grow, especially after comedian Hannibal Buress’ 2014 standup about Cosby being a sexual predator goes viral, The New York Times reported. More women join the growing list of accusers, each one with a horrific story of being drugged and raped by Cosby.
Next: Finally, women begin to see justice.
4. The unthinkable occurs
Cosby is arrested in 2015 for aggravated indecent assault, according to The New York Times. Constand’s assault is considered in the arrest because it occurred before the 12-year statute of limitations. However, Cosby’s initial trial in 2017 ends in a mistrial.
Next: Cosby eventually receives another trial where a verdict is delivered.
5. These aspects did not factor into the verdict
Jurors in the 2018 trial claim that celebrity did not sway their decision. One juror told Good Morning America, “I knew he was an actor, I knew he did The Cosby Show. I never watched The Cosby Show, I’m a little too young for that,” The Hollywood Reporter recounted.
Also, part of the juror’s statement included: “Not once were race or the #MeToo movement ever discussed, nor did either factor into our decision, as implied in various media outlets.”
Next: But this was the ultimate bombshell.
6. This is what ultimately brought Cosby down
Bill Cosby’s own words during a 2005 deposition were the impetus to his demise, according to a juror from Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault trial, The Hollywood Reporter cites. In the deposition, he admitted to drugging young women and then having sex with them.
The jury in the 2017 case also had access to the same information in the deposition, although the proceedings ended in a deadlocked jury. However a juror in the 2018 trial told ABC News, “In the deposition, he stated that he gave these drugs to other women,” The New York Times recounted. “I don’t think it really necessarily mattered that these other five women were here, because he said it himself, that he used these drugs on other women.”
Next: Cases like Cosby’s may not be the last.
7. This is why Cosby’s case is groundbreaking
Cosby is one of the first celebrities to be convicted of sexual assault, Vox reported. More trials may be to come. New York police are rumored to be ready to arrest disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for felony sexual assault, The Daily Beast reported.
Next: He may be the reason why so many have come forward.
8. Cosby’s case may also have started this movement
More women stepped forward following the Cosby case. This includes allegations against Fox News chair Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and Harvey Weinstein.
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