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Bill Cosby convicted in sexual assault retrial

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Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad.

Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

The former TV star stared straight ahead as the verdict was read but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele after the prosecutor demanded Cosby be sent immediately to jail. Steele told the judge Cosby has an airplane and might flee.

Cosby angrily denied he has a plane and called Steele an “a–hole,” shouting, “I’m sick of him!”

The judge decided Cosby can remain free on $1 million bail while he awaits sentencing but restricted him to Montgomery County, where his home is. No sentencing date was set. (AP)

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Andrew Wyatt, spokesperson for actor and comedian Bill Cosby, gestures as he and Cosby depart after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April, 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)


Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Activist protest as Bill Cosby departs after the second day of jury deliberations on day 13 of the actor and comedian’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Court House, in Norristown, PA, on April 26, 2018. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Attorneys Tom Mesereau, right, and Kathleen Bliss talk to the media after Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Members of the media question Bill Cosby (L) and his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, as he departs the Montgomery County Courthouse, after being found guilty on all counts in his sexual assault retrial at on April 26, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images)


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby exits Montgomery County Courthouse after a jury convicted him in a sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele (C) speaks to reporters after the retrial of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on April 26, 2018. (Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)


Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand, left, embraces prosecutor Kristen Feden during a news conference after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


District Attorney Kevin Steele speaks at a news conference after Bill Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby exits Montgomery County Courthouse after a jury convicted him in a sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accusers of actor and comedian Bill Cosby after a jury convicted him in a sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, after being found guilty on all counts in his sexual assault retrial, in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand (C) reacts after the guilty on all counts verdict was delivered in the sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Bill Cosby accusers Lili Bernard, left, and Victoria Valentino, right, reach out to embrace outside the courtroom after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April, 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)


Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, after being found guilty on all counts in his sexual assault retrial, in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Bill Cosby accusers (L-R) Caroline Heldman, Lili Bernard and Victoria Valentino (far right) react after the guilty on all counts verdict was delivered in the sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 26, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images)


Bill Cosby’s attorney Kathleen Bliss, left, and Tom Mesereau, right, walk through the courthouse after their client was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April, 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)


Actor and comedian, Bill Cosby reacts while being notified a verdict is in at his sexual assault retrial case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Judge Steven T. O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas whistles after learning the verdict is in, as he walks towards the courtroom for the verdict in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives with his spokesman Andrew Wyatt for deliberations at his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Kathleen Bliss (L) and Tom Mesereau, lawyers for actor and comedian Bill Cosby, arrive for the second day of jury deliberations in the retrial of Cosby’s sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on April 26, 2018. (Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)


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Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives with his spokesman Andrew Wyatt for deliberations at his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 26, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Bill Cosby exits his SUV, upon arriving at the Montgomery County Courthouse for day fourteen of his sexual assault retrial, as the jury deliberates for the second day, on April 26, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images)