Bill Cosby’s lawyer reportedly fell asleep for 30 minutes Wednesday as a Pennsylvania judge read back previous testimony.
According to Page Six, Tom Mesereau was spotted with his mouth agape and dozing off as Judge Steven O’Neill read Cosby’s statements about Quaaludes and his sexual contact with accuser Andrea Constand. Cosby’s prior comments came from a 2004 and 2005 lawsuit that Andrea Constand filed and was settled for $3.4 million, the newspaper reported.
Mesereau’s in-court nap came a day before Cosby, 80, was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in her Philadelphia home in 2004.
A range of reactions to the verdict from women who say Cosby drugged and assaulted them. Lili Bernard, who appeared on The Cosby Show, begins sobbing. Andrea Constand, whose claims led first to charges, now conviction, appears serene. #CosbyTrial
— Laura Benshoff (@LEBenshoff) April 26, 2018
Mesereau is widely known for successfully defending Michael Jackson in his 2005 child molestation trial. Mesereau joined the comedian’s defense team after the first trial, in June, ended in a mistrial.
The lawyer told reporters Thursday that Cosby would appeal.
“We are very disappointed by the verdict,” he said outside of court, according to The New York Times. “We don’t believe Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything.”
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele urged for Cosby to be jailed following the conviction, arguing that he’s a wealthy entertainer with a plane and “unlimited wealth.”
“He doesn’t have a plane, you a******,” Cosby yelled back, according to Philly.com.
The Times reported that O’Neill ultimately determined that Cosby wasn’t a flight risk but ordered authorities to continue to hold his passport and that he must remain in his nearby home.
A sentencing date has not been set.
[Featured Image: Tom Mesereau/AP Photo/Matt Slocum]