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Bill Cosby convicted; accuser praised as 'the Joan of Arc in the war on rape'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - It was a defining moment for the #MeToo movement and a shattering fall for a once-beloved entertainment icon in his twilight years: A Pennsylvania jury's guilty verdict against comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges marked the first high-profile criminal conviction since the start of a movement demanding sexual predators, even those with power and fame, be held to account.

Cosby was found guilty Thursday on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, a former basketball official at Temple University who said she had once considered Cosby a mentor and friend.

Drawing a loud gasp from spectators, the verdict followed a day and a half of deliberations, and came less than a year after a previous jury reached a deadlock.

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