Judge Declares Bill Cosby a 'Sexually Violent Predator'

26 September, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • 'America's Dad' Cosby to hear if he will face jail

Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman, capping the once-beloved comedian's downfall from "America's Dad" to convicted felon.

Cosby cemented his family-friendly reputation playing the affable Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show".

"I wanted 30 years but I'm very happy to know that Mr Cosby will do time in prison", said Chelan Lasha, one of his accusers who testified at trial.

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, wrote in a statement that he was "denied his right to a fair trial" and accused Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele of using falsified evidence against him.

Defense lawyers tried to keep the 81-year-old out of prison while he appeals his conviction, saying he's frail and legally blind. The judge also referred to - and addressed - one victim: "As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it", before telling Constand, "I heard the very clear impact on your life".

The sentence comes after O'Neill, who oversaw both of Cosby's trials, ruled earlier Tuesday that Cosby is a "sexually violent predator".

Outside the courthouse, Allred, who represented some of Cosby's accusers, said she's "glad the judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby". It's believed he will be put in a long-term medical care unit at the maximum security prison.

Unsealed depositions from that civil court case, which included Cosby's confession to purchasing Quaaludes to drug women with, helped to open the criminal investigation which eventually led to Cosby's conviction this year.


The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said it is unfortunate when public figures do not live up to behavioral expectations, but said Cosby's star on the Walk of Fame would remain - in keeping with policy.

Tuesday's classification 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. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, warning that he could still pose a threat to women. Cosby sat back in his chair, his head on the headrest, as the sentence was read.

President Barack Obama, who was in office when most of the allegations were levied against Cosby, said in January 2016 that there was "no precedent for revoking a medal. So it's taken a long time to get there", Steele said. And during the two-day hearing, a psychologist for the state argued that Cosby would likely re-offend if given the opportunity.

"When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities".

The sentencing came as another extraordinary (hash) MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.

When prosecutors told Cosby in court he would not have to inform Constand of his movements himself but that a proxy would do so, he replied: "Good!"

"We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over", said Andrea Constand, 45, whom he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting.

Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy", in 1965.

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