The frail, 80-year-old Bill Cosby once beloved as "America's Dad" was convicted for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004. He could get up to 10 years in prison.
Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend in 2004, marking the first such conviction of a celebrity since the #MeToo movement that has brought down rich and powerful men for their treatment of women.
Cosby has denied the allegations but was convicted on Thursday and could get up to 10 years in prison.
Thousands of people on social media are crediting comedian Hannibal Buress for starting the avalanche of accusations that led to Cosby's conviction on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.
Buress called Cosby a rapist on a stand-up comedy stage in 2014 and encouraged the audience to Google it.
A fan's cellphone video of the moment went viral. Soon the allegations against Cosby became common knowledge, and his accusers were galvanised.
Buress has been silent about the Cosby verdict.
But social media is anything but silent about it:
In our culture women are speaking out more & more, but the Cosby trial reminds us that male advocacy is still vital. @hannibalburess spoke truth to the disgrace of Cosby’s behavior & that perspective mattered.— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) April 26, 2018
It makes me sad that Bill Cosby, who portrayed the epitome of wholesome, is guilty of such ugly crimes.— Kar3n (@kkpurplegirl) April 26, 2018
Dammit. I hate that the #Cosby verdict makes me so sad. Obviously justice has been served--but I want to forget I accidentally spent most of the 80s wishing a rapist was my Dad. Dammit Cos, you didn't just betray your victims and your family. You betrayed every one of us.— Wednesday Lee Friday 🧟♀️ (@WednesFri) April 26, 2018
And to the women casting shame on his victims because Cosby was married -- HE IS THE RAPIST. He broke his vows. He is the criminal. Whatever promise he made to his wife and to god does not magically shift his blame to the shoulders of the women he violated.— Morgan Barbour (@MorganBarbour) April 26, 2018
Bill. Bill. Bill. This ain’t Philly, or Cosby Kids, nor the Cosby Show. I yearn for your early career “Why is There Air”, and “I Spy”. You seemed innocent and a beacon for other black men to follow. Tragically you’ve gone the way of OJ. @BillCosby @msnbc— Darryl M. Brown (@CalSunDevil78) April 26, 2018
#Cosby found guilty! This is a victory for sexual assault survivors everywhere. I do not care how rich or famous one is. Our justice system should not discriminate! There is no excuse for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape.— Joey Caggiano (@Wheelzofjustice) April 26, 2018
In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today. Thinking of all the women he traumatized over the past 50 years. As a survivor myself, I know that pain never fully goes away. But I hope that his victims finally feel some semblance of peace.— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) April 26, 2018
Ooooh, the weirdo people who “separate artist from art” are rushing to show their behinds about Bill Cosby. Amazing.— Mrs. Killmonger 💍 (@NovaturientOne) April 26, 2018
Why are people so eager to show a lack of empathy and/or self-control?
Admittedly, I could not have been a bigger fan of Bill Cosby as a child, but the rumors of his abuse of underlings during "The Cosby Show," physically and verbally, were well-known.— Alex Kaseberg (@AlexKaseberg) April 26, 2018