Bill Cosby's guilty verdict has spawned emotional reaction on social media.
The 80-year-old comedian was
found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004 on Thursday, in a retrial that lasted two weeks. The jury found Cosby guilty on all three counts.
, Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read and later lashed out at prosecutors after jurors left the room. Meanwhile, women were seen weeping and hugging one another outside of the courtroom after the guilty verdict. The AP
Janice Baker-Kinney, who testified at the retrial that the comedian allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her in the '80s, took to Twitter to share her statement.
"I am overwhelmed with joy, relief and gratitude," Baker-Kinney wrote in part. "Joy that finally, justice has been served. Relief that the years of this toxic chain of silence has been broken and we can now move forward with our heads held high as survivors and not victims."
Celebrities also took to Twitter after the verdict, including Rose McGowan, who accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein
of sexually assaulting her in 1997, which Weinstein has denied.
"Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie," McGowan wrote. "His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up."
Mira Sorvino, who also publicly
accused Weinstein of sexual harassment wrote, "Unbelievably amazing news!" See more celebrity reactions in the gallery below:
Stars, public figures react to Cosby's guilty verdict
**Click through the following slides to see how people reacted to Bill Cosby being convicted in a sexual assault retrial.**
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To the survivors of his abuse, and to all survivors –whether you receive justice swiftly or many years down the roa… https://t.co/78jE8iCj9t
Bill Cosby free on bail, not remanded. It doesn't matter. He's a convicted sex offender now. And today the victims… https://t.co/xkGf4Gb0FQ
Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.
BYE BILL https://t.co/OPTODw0lyO
Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today. #GUILTY
Bill Cosby going down epic. Finally a conviction. Finally justice.
In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today. Thinking of all the women he… https://t.co/zNzafAeXjQ
I wonder how long it’s going to take Trump to announce he’s going to pardon Bill Cosby.
Time’s up, Bill. Time’s BEEN up for you, for years. And now justice. Justice for women I know who you’ve hurt and t… https://t.co/ljZWhoJu8W
I hope Eddie Murphy reaches out and scolds him for using "blue" words in his set. https://t.co/VvwI2AkEet
Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations https://t.co/TKRBKN5Frb Hallelujah. It's about… https://t.co/I8OODtJlIr
Sometimes justice takes far too long — but it was served today in the Montgomery County Courthouse. Thank you… https://t.co/OzDgBsb7eJ
Hannibal Burress changed history.
How about - in the future, in cases like Bill Cosby or Weinstein, these women don't have to devote 15 to 20 years o… https://t.co/vGkDeljVKA
More importantly, I haven't forgotten about the many women you assaulted and silenced with your power. Good riddanc… https://t.co/DFClBhsjfa
The state of America is this- Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.
Bill Cosby found guilty. Good night, you piece of shit. The strength of his accusers is everything.
Bill Cosby is going to prison. The #GoldenStateKiller has been arrested. Largely thanks to the courage and dedicati… https://t.co/8kJFrvsS8T
This Bill Cosby verdict is a big deal.
A really big deal.
Women were sexually assaulted by this man and then drag… https://t.co/09KmM9TI5U
Unbelievably amazing news!!!!! https://t.co/Z6yEcLT9fC
Wishing Bill Cosby a long life!
The Cosby conviction is a resonant reminder that power and influence come with significant responsibility, and mus… https://t.co/cVwijl1hzB
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