Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Bill Cosby Sentenced to Serve Time in a Pennsylvania State Prison

Bill Cosby Sentenced to Serve Time in a Pennsylvania State Prison

Cosby was convicted on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, and administrator at Temple University.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Cosby would no doubt commit similar crimes if given the chance, warning that the former TV star seemingly gets a sexual thrill out of slipping women drugs and assaulting them.

"He was good at hiding this for a long time".

After much debate yesterday, both the defense and prosecution came to an agreement that Cosby would only face a maximum of ten years by merging all three felony counts into one for the sake of a swift sentencing. Other women, who accused Cosby of assaults dating back to the 1960s, championed Ms Constand's case and supported her in court, being unable to pursue their own historic cases owing to the time passed.

"It's the modern-day version of a scarlet letter, which I think is sort of an interesting philosophical issue at this time with the #MeToo movement, but also criminal justice reform", lawyer Demetra Mehta, a former Philadelphia public defender said, according to the Associated Press.

But prosecutors pressed for five to 10 years behind bars, claiming he could still pose a threat to women.

Disgraced comic Bill Cosby's next gig will be in front of a captive audience at an American prison.

Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to ten years in state prison.

The sentencing came as another #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago.

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Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby's estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case.

Constand said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.

Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions.

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.

Wyatt also characterized the trial as "the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States" and said the media had not allowed Cosby to be portrayed as "one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the past 50 years".

Psychologist Timothy Foley testified Tuesday at the 81-year-old comedian's sentencing hearing.

She submitted a statement to the court outlining the horrors she has endured since that night in 2004.

On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby fits the criteria for a sexually violent predator, showing signs of a mental disorder that involves an uncontrollable urge to have nonconsensual sex with young women.

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