Bill Cosby, who once embodied the idealized American father on a wildly popular sitcom, was convicted of sexual assault on Thursday in a high-stakes retrial after a half-dozen women testified that the famed comedian drugged and assaulted them.
The jury found Cosby guilty on all three counts on Thursday afternoon, drawing an emotional reaction from his accusers. Cosby remains free on bail until sentencing.
Upon reading of the first guilty verdict several of Cosby's alleged prior victims sobbed and shook with joy.
Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have started deliberating whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.
They got the case late Monday afternoon after each side delivered closing arguments.
The 79-year-old entertainer is charged with violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
His lawyer told the jury that the comedian and the Canadian woman who accuses him of drugging and molesting her were lovers who had enjoyed secret "romantic interludes."
A witness in the Bill Cosby sex assault trial has told the court he drugged and sexually abused her in 1998.
It is the same method he is said to have used in the alleged 2004 attack on Andrea Constand he is on trial for.
Cosby, 79, denies the charge.
His lawyer says she agreed to sex and has changed her story to investigators.
Dozens of women say Cosby assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he is on trial for only one allegation.
More than a decade after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, Bill Cosby will go to trial.
During a pretrial hearing Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Cosby's next court date will be July 20; it's not clear when his trial will start.
Cosby faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University.