Lili Bernard, an actor and former “Cosby Show” guest star who has accused the titular comedian of drugging and raping her, delivered a tear-filled reaction following Thursday’s guilty verdict of comedian Bill Cosby.
Following the verdict, she first recalled being devastated when a verdict was hung in last year’s Cosby trial.
“But today,” Bernard said, “this jury has shown what the #MeToo movement is saying is that women are worthy of being believed.”
Bernard also spoke emotionally about one member of the jury whom she said she “looked upon as my son” and empathized with him for having to wrestle with deciding the fate of “a beloved black male iconic father figure.”
Watch Lili Bernard’s comments below:
“Being able to yet render a guilty verdict? I thank him,” Benard said through tears.
The former actor then delivered a passionate defense of the #MeToo movement:
“This is a victory not just for Andrea Constand, whom I consider to be the Joan of Arc in the war on rape. It’s not just a victory for the commonwealth, it is not just a victory for the 62 of us, publicly known Cosby survivors, whom Gloria Allred has helped to give a voice.
It’s also a victory for womanhood, and it is a victory for all sexual assault survivors — female and male.
And I thank you all in the media, you are the pillars of democracy. Without you, none of this would have happened.”
Bernard comments came moments after Judge Steven O’Neill found Cosby guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Video showed her leaving the courtroom in tears after the ruling.
Incredible scenes as women run weeping from the courtroom immediately after Cosby is found GUITLY, and tearfully embrace one another. pic.twitter.com/5GWThXycx9
— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 26, 2018
Back in 2015, Bernard came forward with allegations stating that after Cosby “had won my complete trust and adoration, he drugged me and raped me.”
“I am coming forward to show my 6-year-old daughter to stand in truth, and to say that I have survived Bill Cosby’s drugging and raping me,” Bernard said. “I stand here to take back my power and to confront the fear that has paralyzed me for so many years.”