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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict: ‘Justice Delivered’

Comedian was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault

Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict was met with a collective exhale on Thursday as the once-revered comedian’s long fall from grace culminated in a conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

“Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today,” director Elizabeth Banks tweeted, using the hashtag “#GUILTY” after the verdict came down.

“In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today,” wrote “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi. “Thinking of all the women he traumatized over the past 50 years. As a survivor myself, I know that pain never fully goes away. But I hope that his victims finally feel some semblance of peace.”

Cosby was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury on Thursday. He was accused by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand of molesting her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

The trial was Cosby’s second on charges stemming from Constand’s accusations. The previous trial ended in a mistrial last July, when the jury failed to reach a verdict after five days of deliberations. It follows years of accusations of assault against Cosby, culminating in an bold New Yorker cover story featuring the faces and stories of 35 of his accusers.

“What’s next?My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we’ve been fighting and WINNING for 3+ years, goes on,” wrote celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents Dickinson, one of the other accusers who testified against Cosby in his re-trial last week. “Mr. Cosby, I’m looking forward to taking your deposition.”