Actor Bill Cosby (80) found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

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Cosby responded in a booming voice as he leapt to feet.

A presentencing investigation report and sexually violent predator assessment will be completed, said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.

After the verdict was read, there were tears and cheers from inside the Pennsylvania courtroom. Lili Bernard, one of his many accusers, began sobbing. "And the fight is not over", defense attorney Thomas Mesereau said outside the courthouse Thursday afternoon. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, and Cosby remains out on bail. He could face 10 years in prison for each conviction.

What next for the man once known as "America's Dad"?

He went on to several successful television series when African-Americans were largely absent from TV. He was seen as a father figure to millions as Dr. Cliff Huxtable. But today this jury has shown that what the MeToo movement has (been) saying is that women are worthy of being believed. For many of these women, Constandt's relatively recent allegation was their only chance at seeing Cosby face justice.

In her own closing argument after the two-week trial, prosecutor Kristen Feden zeroed in on the defense's conduct, calling Bliss' comments about Dickinson "utterly shameful". "And it became evident to me that the justice system is light years behind modern culture". Cosby's attorney immediately vowed to appeal.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous accusers, said, "We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed".

Other Cosby accusers celebrated the verdict with hugs, cries, and applause.

This was Cosby's second trial - last summer's trial ended with a deadlocked jury. Andrea Constand, however, met Cosby in 2002 while she worked at Temple University, and she said he assaulted her in 2004 in his Philadelphia-area home, so her case still fell within time limit.

"I just want to thank DA (Kevin) Steele and his awesome team and all of the people who believed in us every step of the way", said Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy playmate who accused Cosby of raping her in the late 1960s after he gave her pills at dinner.

Experts had suggested that the #MeToo movement, which since previous year has disgraced a litany of powerful men such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, could make jurors more inclined to believe female victims.

Trump, whose inauguration and first anniversary as president was met with nationwide women's protests, denies accusations of sexual misconduct and accuses rival Democrats and the media of a smear campaign.

Baker-Kinney has said that Cosby drugged her before assaulting her in 1982.

"[They] took the risk of being denigrated publicly, took the risk of being sued for what they said, took the risk of being shamed and blamed", she said.

She said the pills made her feel woozy, and when she was jolted awake Cosby was digitally penetrating her vagina, touching her breasts and masturbating himself with her hand. This time, after years of brushing off claims of dozens of women who said the entertainer had also drugged and assaulted them, the jury heard from five other women who all told stories similar to Constand's. In the first trial, O'Neill allowed only one accuser besides Constand to take the witness stand.