Bill Cosby Gets 3 To 10

Bill Cosby Gets 3 To 10

Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

Cosby, 81, was sentenced to three to 10 years by Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill.

Cosby was convicted in April of knocking Constand out with pills and molesting her at his suburban Philadelphia home. Several of those women spoke to reporters in the rain outside the courtroom.

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For his part, Cosby did not make a statement to the court. There was no visible reaction from the disgraced entertainer as he learned his fate.

"No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or disproportionally", Judge O'Neill said. He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

Montgomery Count District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the idea that Cosby's age and failing health entitled him to mercy.

"This is about a person who put himself in a situation of being a mentor, but we know he had other intentions just from the beginning", he added.

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Cosby did not speak during the two-day hearing and merely shook his head after O'Neill delivered his sentence.

Pennsylvania's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board had already recommended Cosby be designated a "sexually violent predator" during the first day of his sentencing hearing.

The classification by court means he will need to register with state police and notify any community he lives in of his sex offender status, as well as undergo mandatory counselling for life.

Cosby has denied any wrongdoing.

Cosby declined the opportunity to address the court before the judge retreated to his chambers around noon to weigh the sentence. The defence requested house arrest, saying Cosby is too old and helpless to do time behind bars. The Constand case was the only allegation that led to criminal charges.

Ahead of the sentencing, Constand wrote a five-page letter to the court explaining how Cosby's assault - and the ensuing legal battle - had changed her life.

Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, said in a statement that she had retained a former prosecutor to facilitate her efforts to "uncover the truth" regarding what she says is a feud between O'Neill and Castor.

Constand, who is now a massage therapist living in Canada, testified during the trial in April and in an earlier trial past year that ended with a hung jury that she had become friends with Cosby, and viewed him as a mentor.

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