Norristown, Pa.– Former comedian and once beloved T.V. dad Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to-ten years in state prison on Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand back in 2004.
According to USA Today after removing his jacket, tie and watch Cosby was lead out of the courtroom and immediately taken into custody. The 81-year-old will carry out his sentence in state prison in addition to levying a $25,000 fine and paying court costs.
“It’s a hallelujah moment,” said actress and Cosby accuser Lili Bernard on CNN. “This is a momentous, historic sentencing in the #MeToo era.”More than 60 women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexual assaulting them, five of which testified at the trial, adding fuel to the #MeToo movement.
This sentencing makes Cosby the first celebrity accused during the movement to serve time. Though Bernard seemed ecstatic about the sentencing, she did say it left her with mixed emotions.
“On the one hand I feel absolutely elated that justice was served,” Bernard said, “but on the other hand I also feel disappointed because clearly the three year minimum sentence does not adequately reflect the havoic this man, this rapist, as inflicted upon the lives of so many women including myself.”
According to the Guardian, Cosby declined to speak after being sentenced and reportedly sat smiling, laughing, and chatting with his defense team.
However, according to CNN when speaking to the public, Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist called the trial one of the most “sexist and racist trials of all time” and the women who testified were “white women who make money off accusing black men of being sexual predators.”
After two days of testimonies, Judge Steven O’Neil declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator.”
According to The Guardian, Constand wrote in her victim impact statement that she was “at the top of her game” and then when Cosby assaulted her, her life came to a halt.
“Instead of being able to run, jump and pretty much do anything I wanted physically, during the assault I was paralysed and completely helpless,” she wrote. “I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn’t speak or even remain conscious.”
Constand worked for the women’s basketball team at Temple University and was often in contact with Cosby who is a trustee at the university and whom she considered a mentor.
She testified that Cosby gave her three blue pills that caused her to pass out and she woke to him penetrating her with his fingers
According to USA Today, Cosby will have to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling for the right of his life following release.
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