Disgraced entertainer Invoice Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison Tuesday for the drugging and sexual assault of Toronto girl Andrea Constand in 2004.
“It’s time for justice,” stated Montgomery County Choose Steven O’Neill. “Mr. Cosby, this has all circled again to you. The time has come.”
The choose additionally declared Cosby, 81, a “sexually violent predator” early Tuesday, making certain that the previous Cosby Present star should endure month-to-month counselling for the remainder of his life and report 4 instances a 12 months to authorities.
On account of the classification, he’ll even have to look on a sex-offender registry despatched to varsities, neighbours and victims.
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The choose denied Cosby’s legal team’s request for bail pending attraction. He appeared incredulous over the request and turned it down, saying that even contemplating Cosby’s age and blindness, “he may fairly probably be a hazard to the group.”
Cosby was additionally fined US$25,00zero.
Cosby declined the chance to deal with the court docket earlier than the choose retreated to his chambers to weigh the sentence. After the sentence was introduced, he sat smiling, laughing and chatting together with his defence crew. His spouse of 54 years, Camille, was not in court docket. Constand smiled broadly upon listening to the punishment and was hugged by others within the courtroom.
Former mannequin Janice Dickinson, who was among the many 60 or so girls who’ve come ahead to accuse Cosby of drugging and violating them over the previous 5 many years, checked out Cosby and stated: “Right here’s the final chortle, pal.”
Different celebrities in Hollywood had an opinion concerning the sentencing, together with comic Whitney Cummings and actor Amber Tamblyn, who’ve each been vocal supporters of the #MeToo motion.
The comedian as soon as generally known as America’s Dad for his function as sensible and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Present within the 1980s confronted wherever from probation to 10 years in jail after being convicted in April within the first celeb trial of the #MeToo period.
Cosby’s attorneys requested for home arrest, saying Cosby — who’s legally blind — is just too outdated and helpless to do time in jail. Prosecutors requested for 5 to 10 years behind bars, saying the comedian may nonetheless be a menace to girls.
Montgomery County District Lawyer Kevin Steele rejected the notion that “age, infirmity, ought to in some way equate to mercy.”
“He was good at hiding this for a very long time. Good at suppressing this for a very long time. So it’s taken a very long time to get there,” Steele stated.
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Cosby’s attorneys had fought the “sexually violent predator” designation, arguing that Pennsylvania’s sex-offender regulation is unconstitutional and that he’s no menace to the general public at his age. However O’Neill stated prosecutors had met their burden of proof by “clear and convincing” proof.
When the ruling got here down, a girl in courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!”
In the meantime, Constand, who has led the cost in opposition to Cosby over the previous few years, submitted a victim-impact assertion as proof on Monday, one which Choose O’Neill quoted in his sentencing.
(Constand was the operations supervisor for Temple College’s girls’s basketball program within the early ’00s, and he or she stated that Cosby invited her to his home underneath the pretense of advancing her profession.)
“To actually perceive the influence that the sexual assault has had on my life, you must perceive the individual that I used to be earlier than it occurred,” it begins.
Within the assertion, Constand recounts exhaustion, lack of urge for food, traumatic nightmares, and an “overwhelming” sense of disgrace within the weeks following the sexual assault.
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“Invoice Cosby took my stunning, wholesome younger spirit and crushed it,” Constand wrote. “He robbed me of my well being and vitality, my open nature, and my belief in myself and others.”
For years, a nondisclosure settlement saved Constand and her household silent; the Cosby prison trial supplied her with a chance to lastly reveal what passed off almost 15 years in the past.
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On Monday, a psychologist for the state testified that Cosby seems to have a psychological dysfunction that offers him an uncontrollable urge to assault girls.
Cosby was smiling and joking together with his spokesman and sheriff’s deputies as he settled into the courtroom Tuesday. On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comedian laughed at instances because the psychologist for the state testified.
Cameras weren’t allowed within the courtroom; they’re usually banned in Pennsylvania.
Cosby has denied all the accusations in opposition to him, claiming any intercourse was consensual.
— With recordsdata from The Related Press
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