HOLLYWOOD—Comedian and actor Bill Cosby was sentenced on Tuesday, September 25, 3 to 10 years for felony sexual assault. He was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, when she was the women’s basketball administrator at Temple University.
Constand’s accusation against Cosby resulted in a criminal conviction because the statute of limitations disqualified the accusations of more than 60 other women who came forward alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted them. Constand sued Cosby in 2005 where she was awarded over $3 million.
Cosby has denied all allegations against him and has indicated he will appeal the conviction. His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt held a press conference outside of the courtroom stating the trial was “the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” Cosby did not testify at trial and after the sentence was revealed he laughed and spoke with his legal team.
“It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come, ” said Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neil before delivering Cosby’s sentence.
He was taken into custody immediately to the Philadelphia prison immediately after his sentencing as the judge denied his bail request. He will be housed at a prison that accommodates 3,830 inmates. He will serve a minimum 3-year sentence before he becomes eligible for supervised release. He is required to pay a $25,000 fine for the price of his prosecution. The judge noted that Cosby was “sexually violent predator” during sentencing and that the actor will be registered as a sex offender and will be required to have monthly counseling until the end of his life. The first trial in June 0271 ended in a mistrial.
Constand described the abuse and aftermath of the assault in a victim impact statement. “When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” Constand wrote. “Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward,” she added.