Bill Cosby has finally been found guilty, and here's what happens next

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Many have seen the case as the first big legal test for the MeToo movement that sprang up to campaign against sexual harassment after the scandals over Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood predators.

American stand-up comedian and actor Bill Cosby on Thursday has been found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury, in connection with aggravated indecent assault against a woman in 2004 in a high-stakes retrial.

'We are so happy we can finally say women are believed and not only on #MeToo but in a court of law, where they were under oath... where they testified truthfully, where there were attempts to discredit them and after all is said and done, women were finally believed.

"We want to thank Kathleen Bliss", Lotte-Lublin said, referring to the defense attorney's closing arguments that came under criticism as shaming the accusers. He attributes the decision to a change in the rules regarding admissibility of evidence and social pressure judges are feeling from the public.

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The prosecution, meanwhile, said the payment was evidence of Cosby's guilt. "You're now on trial for your character, not what you're charged with". "You can sequester a jury from the media, and from television, but you can't sequester them from their own minds".

Temple joined several other major U.S. universities that have taken back honourary degrees since Thursday's verdict, reflecting a broader reappraisal of the 80-year-old comedian's place in American culture. But it's heartening to know that this time, a woman was able to tell her story and persuade a jury even in the face of a vicious counter-narrative by a powerful man.

Christopher Adams, a defense attorney whose clients have included former National Basketball Association star Jayson Williams, said the judge's decision to allow the "prior bad acts" testimony could have tainted the jury. "In this case justice prevailed". "Judges are human beings and they are influenced by the culture and what's happening".

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

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Constand accused Cosby of giving her pills and sexually assaulting her as she drifted in and out of consciousness. "Certainly Harvey Weinstein would have to take a long hard look at this".

More than 60 women have made sexual accusations against Cosby but only Constand's case resulted in criminal charges.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

Klein insists fighting such testimony from experts and that of bad acts witnesses will be vital to defending these kinds of cases moving forward. In 2006, Constand and Cosby settled a civil lawsuit for $3.38 million. At the time, the comedian decided not to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because he believed he had been assured by then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor that he wouldn't be prosecuted.

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At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA, carrying potentially hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in damages for him.