Johns Hopkins revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree after guilty verdict

Johns Hopkins revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree after guilty verdict

But ultimately, the jury sided with Andrea Constand and set aside the 80-year-old comedian's wholesome image as American's favourite dad.

"(Cosby's) case was old", she said.

"I feel like my faith in hum- anity is restored".

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Cosby used his celebrity, and his wealth to help him hide his crimes.

"It is more encouraging (for) whoever else is afraid to speak", she said.

When the attack took place, Ms Constand was working as director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, Philadelphia. His colleague Kathleen Bliss described former supermodel Janice Dickinson, who was a witness for the prosecution and testified that Cosby had sexually assaulted her, as a "failed starlet" who sounded like she had "slept with every man on the planet".

Cosby has said any sexual encounters were consensual, and his lawyers portrayed Ms Constand as a "pathological liar" who falsely depicted their romantic relationship as an attack. She was very detailed.

"The next thing I recall, I was kind of jolted awake", Ms Constand said from the witness stand.

CBS News' legal analyst Rikki Klieman told "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor that Cosby faces numerous issues in an appeal.

Attorneys for actor and comedian Bill Cosby Kathleen Bliss and Tom Mesereau speak outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after a jury convicted Cosby during a sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 26, 2018.

"We are very disappointed by the verdict".

Women claiming sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and Terry Richardson think that the Bill Cosby guilty verdicts could embolden prosecutors and victims alike.

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Now living on Vancouver Island, University of Victoria History Professor Rachel Cleves grew up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood as some of Cosby's co-stars. At the time, Constand reported the incident to local police, who decided not to file charges against Cosby.

Prosecutors say Cosby's TV dad persona was all an act, suggesting that his true character has not only been revealed, but that it was believed.

But the verdict, in her opinion, is overdue.

It marks the first such conviction of a celebrity since the creation of the #MeToo movement which has brought down rich and powerful men for their treatment of women. "When the actual details of the allegations seem so unambiguous to me", Cleves said. According to eyewitness reports Cosby remained silent during the proceedings except for when defence lawyer, Kevin R. Steele, suggested he may be a flight risk, asking the judge to revoke his US$1 bail as the actor owned a plane and might flee, to which Cosby burst out "He doesn't have a plane, you asshole".

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