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Bill Cosby has just been sentenced to three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago. He was sentenced by Judge Steven O’Neill this afternoon in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Cosby is 81 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. He left the courthouse in handcuffs and is being taken immediately to a temporary cell. CNN is tweeting live, check it out below.
“I actually thought he was going to kill me,” says Bill Cosby accuser Kathy McKee.
— CNN (@CNN) September 25, 2018
Prosecutors asked the judge for a sentence of five to 10 years in prison, while his defense attorney instead asked for a sentence of house arrest, and cited his advanced age and blindness as factors.
Cosby was convicted back April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Constand at his home in 2004. He was the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era. He has since been accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over a span of a few decades. Judge O’Neill said in Court, ”This was a serious crime, Mr. Cosby this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.” The defense says they will appeal the conviction. Here’s what people have been saying on Twitter:
We are holding Bill Cosby accountable for his actions that occurred many many years ago, but according to conservatives we shouldn’t do the same for Brett Kavanaugh, the candidate for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) September 25, 2018
I know it’s a good thing Bill Cosby is locked up now but this dude was a serial rapist for DECADES, lived a life of luxury until he was 81 then gets a measly “3-10 years”. that’s not justice at all.
— abdul (@Advil) September 25, 2018
Bill Cosby sentence should be first of many (Harvey Weinstein etc), but should force America to reassess who it honors.
Thomas Jefferson was 46yo & Sally Hemings 15/16yo. If consensual in 2018, we call it rape. Yet TJ had lifelong sex slave but still gets statues. How? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/HfAMfxLHOa
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) September 25, 2018
Who is this black woman on my TV yelling about how Bill Cosby was treated unfairly? She’s not invited to any of the cookouts you hear me!
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) September 25, 2018