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WATCH: Cosby’s conviction is a long time coming, lawyer says

A prosecutor says the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault has delivered justice to the 80-year-old comedian’s chief accuser.

District Attorney Kevin Steele praised Andrea Constand as the “first courageous person” to go public with her allegations that Cosby drugged and molested her.

Cosby, 80, was convicted Thursday. His lawyer promised to appeal.

Some 60 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct going back five decades. Five other accusers testified against him at the trial.

Steele says Cosby was “a man who had evaded this moment for far too long.”

But Cosby’s lawyer says the “fight is not over.”

Tom Mesereau spoke Thursday outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse where a jury found that Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.

Mesereau says Cosby will appeal his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. He’ll be sentenced in 60 to 90 days.

Cosby said nothing to reporters but acknowledged the crowd on the courthouse steps, then gave a thumbs-up as his car pulled away.

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