Bill Cosby, once known as ‘America’s Dad,’ was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago.
The Court revoked Cosby’s bail and escorted him from the courthouse in handcuffs.
‘This was a serious crime,’ Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O’Neill said. ‘Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.’
Cosby, convicted in April of aggravated indecent assault, declined to speak to the court prior to the sentence. His attorneys have filed an appeal.
As part of the sentence, he was ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 plus the cost of prosecution. The judge also ruled that Cosby will be charged as a sexual violent predator’ which will thus require him to abide by a process of lifetime registration, lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider and notification to the community that a “sexually violent predator” lives in the area.
Cosby was booked into Montgomery County Correctional Facility and will be transferred to SCI Phoenix, a state prison in Collegeville, according to Corrie Emerson, public affairs manager for Montgomery County.
The act against Andrea was committed in 2004 when Cosby drugged Andrea and assaulted her. She filed a report a year later in 2005. Prosecutors declined to make charges and the case was initially settled in a civil action.
Cosby was later arrested in 2015 after dozens of other women came forward to make the same assault allegations against him.
Constand’s case was the only one within the statute of limitation and after review of the statements made in the civil case settlement, some new prosecutors decided to take up the case this time.
A first criminal trial against Cosby ended in a hung jury. But in April, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Constand in the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era.
‘No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or disproportionally,’ O’Neill said.
Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt unleashed on the media, judge, and prosecutors after the sentence, calling the prosecution ‘the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.’ He also said Cosby was doing well because ‘he knows that these are lies’ and even compared it to the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
‘They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. (I’m) not saying Mr. Cosby’s Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries,’ Wyatt said.
Gloria Allred, the victims’ rights attorney who represents several women who say they were assaulted by Cosby, praised the sentence as a long journey to justice.
‘We’re glad that judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby,’ she said. ‘Mr. Cosby has shown no remorse and there has been no justice for many of the accusers who were barred from a court by the arbitrary time limits imposed by the statute of limitations.’