Bill Cosby Accuser Lili Bernard Delivers Powerful Post-Verdict Speech: A ‘Victory for Womanhood’
Moments after Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of sexual asssult against Andrea Constand, several others who have accused the comedian celebrated Thursday’s verdict.
Lili Bernard, one of those alleged victims at the courthouse on Thursday, delivered a powerful message to viewers of the historic court battle in the midst of the Me Too movement, thanking the media for continuing the national conversation around sexual assault and calling Cosby’s verdict a “victory for womanhood.”
“I stand here in the spirit of martin Luther king who said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but today it has bent towards justice,” she said. “Today this jury has shown that what the Me Too movement is saying…that women are worthy of being believed.”
Cosby will soon face the sentencing phase after being found guilty of aggravated assault by a jury of seven men and five women. He could spend the rest of his life behind bars if the sentences are made to run consecutively.
“It is not just a victory for the 62 of us publicly known Cosby survivors who Gloria Allred has helped give a voice, it is also a victim for womanhood and it is a victim for all sexual assault survivors, female and male,” Bernard said. “I thank you all in the media. You are the pillars of democracy. Without you none of this would have happened.”
Bernard was not included in the four cases of alleged sexual misconduct the jury assessed for Cosby’s verdict. However, the sentencing phase will include a portion of victim impact statements, in which stories like hers will be shared as the judge presiding over the case determines the logistics behind Cosby’s imprisonment.
Watch Bernard’s speech outside of the courthouse above.
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