Comedian and star of “The Cosby Show,” 80-year-old Bill Cosby, was the subject of national headlines last year after appearing in court for 3 criminal counts of sexual assault related to incidents that occurred earlier in his career. The trial lasted several days, but ultimately, the jury failed to reach a verdict.
Cosby’s case stems from an accusation made by Andrea Constand who claims Cosby gave her three blue pills and a sip of wine before they became sexually involved in 2004. After Constand went public, dozens of other women came forward with similar stories about the actor who once played a family man on television.
Following the mistrial, Cosby’s retrial is currently in action. Jurors reportedly began deliberating to determine Cosby’s fate on Wednesday, April 25th, reported CBS News.
According to the New York Times, the retrial that began in April came with new, major developments. Five additional women were allowed to testify against Cosby compared to only one woman in the initial trial. Additionally, Cosby brought in a new witness that claimed Constand “once told her she could make money by falsely accusing a prominent person.”
The dollar amount of the settlement between Cosby and Constand was also revealed — a whopping $3.38 million.
If convicted on all three counts, he could serve up to 30 years in prison. Each count of aggravated indecent assault has a maximum sentence of 10 years, meaning that Cosby would potentially take his last breath behind bars.
This news regarding the retrial comes shortly after Cosby’s daughter, Ensa, tragically passed away following severe health complications at only 44 years old. Esna was a prime supporter of her father amidst the several sexual assault accusations.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is released.
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