Comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years for drugging and molesting then Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand in 2004 in his Philadelphia home.
Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby this morning in a hearing five months after he was convicted. Per the AP, prosecutors wanted five to 10 years in jail, and Cosby’s lawyers pushed for house arrest.
Cosby did not make a statement during the hearing, which is the first high-profile sentencing of a celebrity since the #MeToo movement became what it is today.
Constand is one of 60 women who has accused Cosby of assault. For most of them, the statute of limitations has run out, meaning they can’t bring charges against Cosby. In Constand’s initial testimony five months ago, she described her encounter with the comedian once known as ‘America’s Dad’. She said he gave her three blue pills to make her less stressed, which made her pass out.
‘I felt Mr Cosby on the couch behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully, and I felt my breasts being touched,’ Constand testified. ‘I wanted it to stop. I couldn’t say anything. I was trying to get my hands to move, my legs to move, and the message just wasn’t getting there.’
At one point during the sentencing, the judge classified Cosby as a ‘sexually violent predator’, which means he has mandatory lifetime counselling and community notification.
‘This was a serious crime,’ Judge O’Neill said when he gave the sentence. ‘Mr. Cosby this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.’
This post originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com
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