Prosecutors had asked for the comedian to receive five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand (of Toronto) at his Philadelphia home in 2004. He has been sentenced to “total confinement,” a judge ruled on Tuesday.
Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
Ahead of the Tuesday sentencing, Judge O’Neill ruled that Cosby is a “sexually violent predator.”The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.
When the ruling came down, a woman in the courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!”
The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show was facing anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison after being convicted in April.
Cosby’s lawyers had asked for house arrest, saying 81-year-old Cosby — who is legally blind — is too old and helpless to do time in prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying the comic could still be a threat to women.
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