Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

'Cosby Show' No Longer Airing On Bounce Network After Trial

'Cosby Show' No Longer Airing On Bounce Network After Trial

Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.

The video showed the women embracing each other outside the courtroom after the 80-year-old Cosby was found guilty on all counts in his sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Ms Constand, a former operations manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University, said she became close with Cosby, who she viewed as a mentor.

Since Cosby's fall from grace has been a recurring source of intrigue for years, many observers were quick to weigh in on the jury's decision.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating on the case on Wednesday morning local time. He faces up to 30 years in prison, though he is not likely to serve the maximum sentence.

"Effective immediately, Bounce is pulling 'The Cosby Show", a spokesperson for the show said in a statement.

Cosby then left the courthouse with his lawyers and publicist.

Cosby lowered his head and took a deep breath when the verdicts were announced, while three of his accusers who attended the trial burst into loud tears of joy. Five others testified that they were drugged and assaulted in a manner similar to Constand.

His defense team tried to paint Constand as a con artist who showed romantic interest in the comedian in order to concoct false assault allegations and secure a almost $3.4-million civil settlement, at one point calling her a "pathological liar".

Cosby angrily denied he has a plane and called Steele an "a-hole", shouting, "I'm sick of him!" In the first trial, O'Neill allowed only one accuser besides Constand to take the witness stand. The judge had rejected her testimony in the first trial as hearsay. Dozens of accusers pointed to the transcript as vindication of their claims, and public pressure to file charges in Constand's case, which was still within the statute of limitations, increased.

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