Cosby found guilty on three counts of sexual assault
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Comedian and actor Bill Cosby on Thursday was found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault, according to news reports.

The jury panel of seven men and five women deliberated for about 14 hours before reaching a verdict.

The 80-year-old comedian was accused of drugging and violating a woman at his home in 2004. He now faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.


Cosby's attorneys argued unsuccessfully that the woman accusing the former "Cosby Show" star had leveled false accusations against Cosby in order to extract a large civil settlement.

Lawyers for Cosby called accuser Andrea Constand, who gave permission for her name to be reported publicly, a "con artist" even as five other women who have accused Cosby testified at the trial.

Cosby's trial is the first celebrity trial of the "Me Too" era, following a national movement of sexual assault victims speaking up and accusing powerful men in many industries of sexual misconduct. 

Dozens of high-profile careers have ended as a result of new allegations coming forward, but Cosby is the first celebrity to face criminal charges for his conduct.

The charges are the only three to develop so far from accusations by more than 60 women that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them.

Updated at 2:13 p.m.