Cosby accusers' lawyer: 'Justice has been done'

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Jurors in Cosby's sexual assault retrial are kicking off a second day of deliberations. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) —A prosecutor says the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault has delivered justice to the 80-year-old comedian's chief accuser.

District Attorney Kevin Steele praised Andrea Constand as the "first courageous person" to go public with her allegations that Cosby drugged and molested her.

Cosby was convicted Thursday. His lawyer promised to appeal.

Some 60 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct going back five decades. Five other accusers testified against him at the trial.

Steele says Cosby was "a man who had evaded this moment for far too long."


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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for some of Bill Cosby's accusers says "justice has been done" after the comedian's conviction on sexual assault charges.

Gloria Allred represents three of the five additional accusers who testified that Cosby drugged and molested them. Cosby's lawyers painted the women as home-wreckers and liars who made up their allegations in a bid for money and fame.

Allred spoke Thursday outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse where Cosby was convicted. She says her clients are grateful to the jury for seeing past "his defense attorney's lies."

Cosby accuser Janice Baker-Kinney, who alleges he drugged and raped her in 1982, says in a statement she's relieved "this toxic chain of silence has been broken" and says the women can move forward "with heads held high."

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