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Opinion Time's up, Bill Cosby

06:00  27 april  2018
06:00  27 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Bill Cosby trial: 6 things we learned from Andrea Constand's testimony

  Bill Cosby trial: 6 things we learned from Andrea Constand's testimony Andrea Constand, the central figure in the criminal trial of Bill Cosby, testified over two days that the former TV icon drugged and assaulted her at his home in January 2004. Whether the jury believes her testimony -- unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt -- is likely to be key to whether they find Cosby guilty or not guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Here are six things we learned from her testimony and the cross-examination, including her mentor-like relationship with Cosby, how she felt after the alleged assault and her "consistent but mistaken" testimony in some areas.

The Cosby verdict sends a message to little girls, says Anushay Hossain: Things are changing, your voice matters, and the law just might be able to stand up for you, too.

- Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday 4-26-2018 of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the

NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby walks outside the courtroom during a break on the third day of his sexual assault trial in the Montgomery County Courthouse June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) © Mark Makela/Getty Images NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby walks outside the courtroom during a break on the third day of his sexual assault trial in the Montgomery County Courthouse June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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Bill Cosby's graphic testimony could undercut his defense

  Bill Cosby's graphic testimony could undercut his defense Bill Cosby's own words from 2005 might have undercut his defense on sexual-assault charges.Prosecutors on Tuesday sought to maximize the impact of Cosby's graphic deposition, in which he testified about his sexual encounter with chief accuser Andrea Constand and acknowledged apologizing to her mother a year later "because I'm thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl."Cosby, 80, testified more than a dozen years ago as part of a civil lawsuit that Constand filed against him, and prosecutors won the right to introduce it at his sexual-assault retrial on charges he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Cosby called back multiple times to conduct the interview with BlackPressUSA.com because of time restrictions on inmate phone calls, the article said. In that clip, Cosby talked about his work with black inmates. The actor works with them through a prison reform program called Mann Up , the article said.

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Bill Cosby's legal team attempted to use "Rape Culture 101" tactics to discredit his accuser in court, but the guilty verdict handed down Thursday demonstrates that the days of blaming women for the sexual violence and crimes of famous men are coming to a close. And the law seems to be on women's side.

A previous trial ended in a hung jury, but the jury in Bill Cosby's retrial found the TV icon guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. The 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.

Despite more than 50 women coming forth with their allegations against Cosby, the only criminal case that went to trial centered on the testimony of Constand, a former employee with the Temple University women's basketball team. She said that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, initially mentored her and then, when she visited him for career advice, drugged and sexually assaulted her.

Expert: Benadryl, quaaludes could've affected Cosby accuser

  Expert: Benadryl, quaaludes could've affected Cosby accuser A prosecution expert is telling jurors that Bill Cosby's chief accuser could have been made woozy by either the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl or by quaaludes. The expert testified at Cosby's sexual assault retrial Thursday. Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He says he gave her Benadryl to help her relax and that she consented to a sexual encounter. The comedian has also admitted to giving quaaludes to women before sex back in the 1970s.The identity of the pills that Cosby gave Andrea Constand before a 2004 sexual encounter at his home has been one of the case's most enduring mysteries.

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The verdict is a major milestone that demonstrates not only how powerful and impactful the #MeToo movement has been, but it also shows that real women's stories bolstered by a pivotal cultural movement can and will hold up in a court of law.

Though the Cosby allegations predate the fall of Harvey Weinstein, Cosby's case shows that as a society we are finally done believing the denials of famous men over the words and stories of women. Time is indeed up.

"He [Cosby] is nothing like the image that he plays on TV," prosecutor Kristen Feden said in court on Tuesday. "In fact, he utilized that image and cloaked himself so that he was able to gain the trust, gain the confidence of these young women so he could strip them of their ability to say no, administering an intoxicant the same way he administered an intoxicant to Andrea Constand."

There is still a long way to go before we reach the point as a culture where we stand with and believe all women, especially women who live and work without the money, spotlight and glamour of the Hollywood actresses who ignited the visibility of #MeToo.

Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

  Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion Bill Cosby's lawyers and publicists are increasingly playing to the court of public opinion as his sexual assault retrial heads toward deliberations. With Cosby's sexual assault retrial heading for deliberations this week, the 80-year-old comedian's lawyers and publicists are increasingly playing to an audience of millions, not just the 12 people deciding his fate.

Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for a felony charge of sexual assault in Pennsylvania, making the case different from the dozens of accusations of sexual assault that have been You can unsubscribe at any time . By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

New details have emerged as to how Bill Cosby and his team unwound after that mistrial was announced. His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told Inside Edition they

Women of color and poor women who work in low-income jobs also deserve access to justice, and to have their stories garner just as much attention.

What we learned today is that the stories and truths of women who have suffered and been abused for too long in silence can demand and receive a justice as powerful as the men they are challenging.

And perhaps the most powerful thing of all is the message this verdict sends to little girls around the world that things are changing, your voice matters, and the law just might be able to stand up for you, too.

Cosby's case demonstrates it is possible.

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