Just as news surfaced of comedian Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict, two women could be seen weeping and embracing each other in the Pennsylvania courthouse where he faced trial:
MOMENTS AGO: Women exit courtroom in tears immediately after Bill Cosby verdict was read by the jury.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 26, 2018
When the women, both dressed in white, left what appeared to be the courtroom, they initially seemed to break into tears and lean over the balcony.
After one woman embraced the other, they started walking away, clearly upset and crying. At a certain point, they shared another embrace and eventually sat together in the courthouse.
Watch more of their tearful reaction below:
During a press conference, attorney Gloria Allred stood with some of Cosby’s accusers and called the verdict a “herstoric result.”
“Not history,” she clarified, “but the story of her. The story of all of those who took that risk against a rich, powerful, famous man”:
“This an ‘her-storic’ result … Not history, but the story of her,” attorney Gloria Allred says. “The story of all of those who took that risk against a rich, powerful, famous man — took the risk of being denigrated publicly.” https://t.co/fhSpFnZ1fn pic.twitter.com/GAEvWiCJgn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 26, 2018
Outside of the courthouse, accuser Lili Bernard described the verdict as a “victory for womanhood” and “all sexual assault survivors”:
Lili Bernard after Cosby verdict: “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 victory for all sexual assault survivors, female and male.” pic.twitter.com/rgakIUj2AP
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 26, 2018
“I feel like my faith in humanity is restored,” she also said:
“I feel like I’m dreaming, Can you pinch me? … I feel like my faith in humanity is restored.”
Bill Cosby accuser Lili Bernard reacts to guilty verdict pic.twitter.com/F7ne0xOyU8
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 26, 2018
Janice Baker-Kinney, another accuser, released a statement which thanking Allred and hoping the verdict opened “the floodgates” for more victims to tell their stories:
— Janice Baker-Kinney (@mamaJanny) April 26, 2018
A jury convicted Cosby of three felonies, including penetration with lack of consent. He could receive up to 10 years in prison for each count. Although dozens of women accused Cosby of misconduct, Thursday’s verdict came in response to just one accuser’s claims.