Minutes after the verdict, prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby's bail because they say he is a flight risk and has a private plane. Cosby responded in a booming voice as he leapt to feet.
It also delivered a victory to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, who through two trials has come under attack from Cosby, his wife and a defense team that accused him of corruptly targeting an innocent man to feed his own political ambitions.
Constand was in the packed courtroom in Norristown, just outside Philadelphia, as the verdict was read out to stifled sobs in the gallery. Lili Bernard, one of his many accusers, began sobbing. First, he stood up and barked like a dog when the judge announced that an emotional therapy dog would be made available to jurors.
Cosby was allowed to go home after surrendering his passport but will be sentenced at a later date.
Wesleyan University would become the second university in CT to revoke an honorary degree for Cosby, a once lauded comedian and public figure who has faced numerous accusations of sexual assault in recent years. America's favorite dad is now America's not so favorite sexual predator. The onslaught all but destroyed his career and his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".
He pushed Constand on why she had stayed in touch with Cosby after the incident and portrayed her as a desperate, cash-strapped pyramid scheme participant.
The defense highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years.
Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars, after being found guilty of sexual assault. "When all is said and done, women were finally believed". Shrieks erupted in the courtroom and some of his other accusers whimpered and cried. "I feel like I'm dreaming".
The verdict was a vindication for the prosecution, after Cosby's first trial ended with the sequestered jurors hopelessly deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberations.
Unlike a year ago, when Cosby's previous attorneys attempted to cast the Cosby-Constand relationship as romantic, they categorized her this time around as a gold-digger, pointing to the $3.4 million settlement she received from Cosby.