Judge orders house arrest for Bill Cosby

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The 80-year-old comedian was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby angrily denied he has a plane and called Steele an "a-hole", shouting, "I'm sick of him!"

The former comedian faces a sentence of 10 years on each count.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 women who made accusations against the actor, shared a statement outside the court following the verdict.

Cosby's publicists Ebonee Benson and Andrew Wyatt defended the defamed comedian just one day after he was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars. "I couldn't say anything", she said.

Around 60 women, many of them onetime aspiring actresses and models, publicly branded him a calculating, serial predator who plied victims with sedatives and alcohol to bed them over four decades.

"The time for the defendant to escape justice is over", prosecutor Stewart Ryan said in his closing argument.

"The rules have been changed to allow prosecutors to present other accusers besides those that are the basis of the charge", he says.

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Cosby's retrial took place against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement against sexual misconduct that has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. Cosby's lawyers tried unsuccessfully to have the man removed. But the rise of the #MeToo movement last fall created a cultural shift, one that many observers believed would make the second trial different from the first. Cosby's attorney vowed to appeal.

The 63-year-old accused the funnyman of drugging and raping her in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 1982.

Their star witness, a longtime Temple employee, testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing.

At the start of the retrial in Pennsylvania it was revealed that Cosby had paid Ms Constand nearly $3.4m (£2.4m) in a civil settlement in 2006.

Christopher Adams, a defense attorney whose clients have included former National Basketball Association star Jayson Williams, said the judge's decision to allow the "prior bad acts" testimony could have tainted the jury. His defense team says he's the victim of a "public lynching".

But Cosby had long ago confirmed some of the rumours about drugs and extramarital sex.

In recent years, Cosby, who as family patriarch Dr Cliff Huxtable had made history by portraying a successful black family on US TV, had admitted to decades of philandering.

"Money and power or who you are will not stop us from a criminal investigation and prosecuting a case", Mr Steele said, as Ms Constand stood beside him.

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Lotte-Lublin remembers her encounter with Cosby, who in 1989 had offered to help her with improvisation skills and acting.

Cosby became famous in the 1960s years, thanks to the television series "I spy".

That mystique won't have worked on everyone - there's a generation of millennials who've never watched and therefore won't consider The Cosby Show a relevant factor, and yet it seemed enough to muddy the waters in enough people's minds.

Later in his career, he attracted controversy for lecturing about social dysfunction in poor black neighbourhoods, railing against young people stealing things and wearing baggy trousers.

Former federal prosecutor David Axelrod, now in private practice in Philadelphia, agreed that Cosby's team has a shot at convincing an appeals court that the judge went too far.

The fallout from the verdict was immediate: Bounce, a TV network that caters to black viewers, announced it would drop reruns of "The Cosby Show". It also prompted authorities to reopen the criminal investigation, and he was charged in late 2015.

The Cosby case is the first high-profile sexual assault trial to unfold in the wake of the #MeToo movement and is sure to have many other high-profile abusers very, very anxious. Constand has done so.

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