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The convictions could put him in prison for up to 10 years on each count. He is not allowed to leave the state of Pennsylvania. Witnesses for the prosecution in the retrial included five other women who also accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them.

In closing arguments earlier this week, Cosby's attorneys took aim at the credibility of Constand and the other women who testified.

"We are very disappointed by the verdict".

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous women who have accused Cosby of misconduct, said this was the happiest she had been with a verdict in 42 years.

The case is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, it represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena.

Cosby accuser Andrea Constand, centre, reacts after the guilty on all counts verdict was delivered in the sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Through it all, jurors had a front-row seat to the lawyerly slugfest that pitted three prosecutors from suburban Philadelphia against a throng of defense attorneys led by Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau, who aggressively depicted Constand as a "con artist". But the defense team made an unsubtle attack on it when lawyer Kathleen Bliss told the panel that "when you join a movement based mostly on emotion and anger, you don't change a damn thing", adding that "mob rule is not due process". "We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed".

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Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago. The onslaught all but destroyed his career and his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. She told the Jury during the trial that Andrea Constand told her in 2004 when they worked together at Temple University that Constand could make up a story about being sexually assaulted by a celebrity to gain a cash settlement. 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.

"Everybody got to see who he really is when each of those prior bad-act witnesses got to testify".

After the verdict, the district attorney became teary-eyed as he commended Constand for what he said was courage in coming forward.

"There is no assassination of any character", Benson said. "I could get that money".

"She showed courage", Steele said. 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.