The star of 'The Cosby Show' was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday (April 26)
Bill Cosby has been ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet and not leave his Philadelphia home after a jury found him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
The Cosby Show star’s retrial ended on Thursday (April 26) when seven male and five female jurors returned a guilty verdict in Andrea Constand’s case against him. Constand, 45, had accused the actor and comedian of drugging and then assaulting her 14 years ago.
Cosby, 80, was allowed to remain out of prison until he is sentenced, but Judge Steven O’Neill has since ruled he must wear a GPS ankle bracelet and stay in his Philadelphia mansion. He will only be allowed to leave the house to meet with his lawyers or go to the doctor, and must get permission before doing so.
His defence team, as Billboard reports, is looking to appeal the verdict in the meantime. Christopher Adams, a defence attorney not connected with the case, has said they could have a strong argument. During the retrial, Judge O’Neill allowed the prosecution to present testimony from five other women who say Cosby assaulted them too.
“It’s one thing if they looked at one or two, but five?” Adams said. “He wasn’t charged with being a serial assaulter.”
Following the result on Thursday, District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement that he hoped the case would “pave the road for future victims to come forward to law enforcement and have their allegation investigated.”
Cosby initially went to trial over the allegations last year, but the case ended in a mistrial at the time when the jury could not come to a unanimous decision.