Bill Cosby Found Guilty: What’s Next for the Convicted Comedian?

Comedian was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault Thursday; his attorney says that “the fight is not over”

Last Updated: April 26, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday after a jury handed down a unanimous verdict based on former Temple University employee Andrea Constand’s accusation that the comedian drugged and molested her at his home outside of Philadelphia in 2004.

Even with the verdict handed down, there remain a number of questions regarding what comes next for the scandal-plagued comedian.

Cosby has been released on bail, though Montgomery County, Pennsylvania district attorney Kevin Steele argued against it.

CNN, which reported that Cosby’s bail was set at $1 million, said that the prosecution argued that the comedian presented a flight risk, contending that he has a private plane. According to CNN, at that point, Cosby exclaimed, “He doesn’t have a plane, you a–hole.”

Each of the convictions carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, CNN said, though he would likely serve them concurrently.

It is not yet known when Cosby will be sentenced.

It’s also unclear whether the verdict will be appealed. However, Cosby defense attorney Tom Mesereau strongly implied a likely appeal after the sentence was handed down. Appearing with the comedian outside the courthouse, Mesereau said, “We are very disappointed in the verdict” and declared, “the fight is not over.”

TheWrap has reached out to Mesereau, as well as Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, for comment.

Cosby was found guilty in a 14-day retrial, which saw Constand and five other Cosby accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, testify.

Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

The comedian had previously been sued by Constand, settling the suit for what was revealed at the retrial to be $3.8 million.

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