Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

‘Sexually violent predator’ Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in prison

‘Sexually violent predator’ Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in prison

The 81-year-old comedian was sentenced on Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.

But Cosby's conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault refers exclusively to accusations from Constand, a former employee at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby's alma mater. He was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison and was immediately remanded in handcuffs.

While Cosby's eventual fall from grace was swift, it took decades for his sins to come to light, despite rumors circulating throughout Hollywood for years. The time has come.

At least seven women who have accused Cosby of similar acts were present in the courtroom, but his wife of 54 years, Camille, was not. Specifically he will serve 3 to 10 Years in a Pennsylvania state prison and the the judge has denied Cosby bail.

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after being sentenced in his sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 25, 2018. The sentencing of Bill Cosby is being seen as a significant moment of the #MeeToo movement. Cosby's spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, says his client will appeal.

Cosby broke racial barriers in the entertainment world in the 1960s but later became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be convicted.

Constand's case was the only one that was within the statute of limitations. He will also be on the sex offenders list sent to schools and neighbours.

In a written statement to O'Neill, which was released Tuesday, Constand wrote, "Bill Cosby took my handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it".

The entertainer once known as "America's Dad" was convicted in April of sexually assaulting Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004. Cosby's attorneys requested house arrest instead, citing the comedian's age and the fact that he is legally blind.

Feden also says that as she watched Cosby during the proceedings, "I don't even know that it was clear to him that this was judgment day".

In a two paragraph statement given to KDKA-TV News, CMU said it has a long and unwavering commitment and it will not tolerate sexual violence of any kind.

Cosby's key witness in the retrial was Marguerite Jackson, a former friend of Constand's who testified that Constand was planning to swindle money from a "high-profile celebrity".

The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities.

Constand writes in a victim-impact statement released Tuesday that Cosby's 2004 attack on her was just "the tip of the iceberg" for the suffering that followed.

In June 2017, Constand described how Cosby, whom she viewed as a "mentor", gave her pills that left her "frozen" and unable to stop his assault.

Consequently, Cosby was categorised as a sexually violent predator. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying he is too old and vulnerable to go to prison.

"It was very touching", Feden said of that credit from her superior.

"This was a serious crime", the judge said during sentencing.

"I am glad that Bill Cosby was convicted".

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