Allred: The jury finally believed women

Gloria Allred, attorney who represents a number of accusers of Bill Cosby, holds a press conference after the disgraced TV star was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 12:16 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 12:18 PM

As Bill Cosby faced a retrial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, there was a question as to whether the #MeToo and Time's Up movements against sexual abuse would factor into his case.

Hollywood seems to believe the answer is a resounding "yes."

After Cosby was found guilty on Thursday of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, celebrities and others flooded social media.

"You're next, Harvey [Weinstein]," actress Amber Tamblyn tweeted. "We're coming for you. All of you. #TimesUp."

The allegations of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women against former film mogul Harvey Weinstein energized the #MeToo movement and sparked Time's Up this fall. (Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has repeatedly denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex.")

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Like Weinstein, at one time Cosby was also considered one of Hollywood's most powerful men.

And like the former producer, Cosby was also accused of sexual misconduct over several decades -- with more than 50 women coming forward to tell their stories after a video of comedian Hannibal Buress referring to Cosby as a rapist went viral in 2014.

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On Thursday, Buress was hailed by some on social media for his role in shining a light on the Cosby allegations.

Through his attorneys, Cosby maintains his innocence.

Constand, a former employee with the Temple University women's basketball team, testified that Cosby, then a trustee at Temple, drugged and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice. A first trial in the case ended in a mistrial last year after that jury could not unanimously agree on a verdict.

But Cosby's new trial was held at a time when #MeToo and Time's Up have cast a powerful spotlight on the treatment of women.

One of Cosby's accusers, Lili Bernard, told CNN she believes that has made all the difference.

"If it weren't for the MeToo movement, I don't believe that society in general would have made this tremendous shift toward believing women," Bernard said. "What this verdict has shown is that finally the justice system is finally catching up to modern culture, that women's voices are being believed."

#MeToo founder and civil rights activist Tarana Burke told CNN on Thursday, "People have been using the term culture shift since MeToo went viral in 2017, but I think this verdict might be the first steps we've seen toward the way our culture views and thinks about survivors and sexual violence."

"It's a huge deal to go through two trials and actually win one," Burke added. "I hope it means people will pay attention to survivors and listen to them when they talk about the trauma they've been subjected to and hear our voices when we say we want justice and recourse."

Fatima Goss Graves, co-chair of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund and president of the National Women's Law Center, called the verdict "powerful" and predicted it may mean "that more survivors will come forward because they've seen meaningful accountability."

"They've seen what it's like to come forward and be believed instead of the typical shaming, and it also has allowed us as a country to see what it is like to stand in a survivor's shoes," she told CNN. "It's important for people to see that even the people who have been on our TV, who we may have admired and we may have loved, but even those people can do things that harm us."

Actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's most vocal accusers, weighed in on the Cosby verdict on Twitter Thursday.

"Cosby is guilty. I'm sorry if you loved a lie," McGowan tweeted. "His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up."

Others echoed her sentiment on social media, including author Terry McMillan, who tweeted of the verdict: "Hallelujah. It's about damn time."

The 80-year-old former comedianm, who plans to appeal the verdict, is facing up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve those sentences concurrently.

A sentencing hearing had not yet been scheduled.

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