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Bill Cosby sentenced 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

Bill Cosby, once one of the most powerful and likable figures in Hollywood, labeled “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault on Tuesday. He becomes the first Hollywood

Bill Cosby, once one of the most powerful and likable figures in Hollywood, labeled “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault on Tuesday. He becomes the first Hollywood celebratory sentenced for sex crimes of the #metoo era. ABCNEWS screen grab

Bill Cosby’s ‘fame, money,’ of no effect; minimum three years behind bars begins immediately

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA (MNS)  Bill Cosby, once one of the most powerful and likable figures in Hollywood, labeled “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault on Tuesday. He becomes the first celebratory sentenced of the #metoo era.

Cosby was convicted in April. The jury, in what was a re-trial found Cosby, 81, guilty on three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. Judge Steven T. O’Neill, the same judge in the first trial, classified the famous personality as a “sexually violent predator,” and told Cosby he needed to serve time in prison

During sentencing, Cosby remained emotionless and sat staring straight ahead as the sentence was read. According to an ABC reporter, the back row of the courtroom was filled with eight other accusers who were “handing out napkins to one another, crying quietly so they wouldn’t get kicked out of the courtroom, nodding their heads with interlocked fingers … holding hands… nodding their heads fervently.  “But it was quiet. You could hear a pin drop in the courtroom,” she said,

Speaking directly to Cosby, O’Neill said, “The jury’s verdict must be heard loud and clear. You are convicted of a serious crime … despite how much money, fame, and celebratory you have, no one is above the law.”

Constand released a written statement that said, “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”

Cosby’s defense denied the accusations, as well as similar allegations made against him by more than 60 women who came forward and accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

The sex that occurred between Cosby and Constand, now 45, was consensual, he claimed through his attorneys, and a Montgomery County jury that first heard Constand’s allegation in 2017failed to reach a verdict.

Cosby was denied bail by the judge, was ordered remanded incarcerated, and left the courtroom in handcuffs.

Metropolis News Service.

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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