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That moment had been years in the making.

The Cosby camp also complained about a juror who allegedly said before the trial that he thought the comedian was guilty.

The jury agreed that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.

Cosby did not testify in his own defence.

During her testimony, Lotte-Lublin said she spoke to Cosby directly at times.

"When it started to sink in, I got so disgusted", Lublin said. And I've wanted to release it for a good long time.

"I'm overcome with gratitude", Bernard, sobbing, said outside the courthouse. And while many of his victims made allegations and laid criminal complaints over the years (more than 10 women in the mid-2000s alone), police never prosecuted and rumours of allegations and complaints remained just that. "I trusted him because he's 'America's Dad'".

Constand quit her job at Temple soon after, and moved back home to her native Canada.

At the start of the retrial in Pennsylvania it was revealed that Cosby had paid Ms Constand nearly $3.4m (£2.4m) in a civil settlement in 2006. Cosby did not admit any wrongdoing in the case. He also admitted giving Quaalude, a powerful sedative, to young women so he could have sex with them.

That deposition would remain secret for nearly a decade.

In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand's lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'" The sedative was a popular party drug before the US banned it more than 30 years ago.

Chelan Lasha, then a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress, met him at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1986, where she testified that she was drugged and raped by Cosby.


Dozens of women have also accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, however Andrea's allegations are the only ones that have resulted in criminal charges. Whereas before our judges and juries required mountains of corroboration to build a circumstantial case, now the similar echoed stories of a few other women sealed the deal.

After Thursday's verdict, District Attorney Kevin Steele apologized to Constand on behalf of the prosecutor's office for not filing charges. There were angry and profane words from the 80-year-old defendant.

As in so many cases for so many years, this one turned on the credibility of the accuser.

The actor's lead lawyer has indicated Cosby will appeal. She and several other women went out into the courtroom hallway, embracing and crying tears of joy.

Five of them testified at his retrial.

Lublin made a decision to go to the police, but officers told her there was nothing they could do.

"I was crushed. It felt like a ton of bricks fell onto my chest", Lublin recalled.

"Today this jury has shown that what the MeToo movement has (been) saying is that women are worthy of being believed". Thank you judge and jury.

"We are vindicated. We are validated, and we are now part of the tsunami of women's power and justice".

"No one should ever ever have to suffer what we had to hear and say that there isn't anything you can do about it", Lublin said. "After all is said and done, women were finally believed".

The pioneering African American actor and entertainer, adored by millions for his defining role on "The Cosby Show", has now been ordered by the judge not to leave his home until sentencing.

Attorney Thomas Mesereau explained: "We are very disappointed by the verdict". And the #metoo movement, exploding as it has worldwide in the months between Cosby's two trials, was not an irrelevance, but a crucial factor in those unanimous guilty decisions.


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