Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge Tuesday, five months after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee in his mansion in 2004.
The Montgomery County District Attorney confirmed the sentence on Twitter. The sentence includes a $25,000 fine and requires Cosby to pay for the cost of his prosecution.
According to the terms of the sentence, Cosby will serve a minimum of three years in prison and then become eligible for supervised release, although nothing promises his release at that time, reports Philadelphia public radio station WHYY. The judge denied Cosby’s bail request so he will be incarcerated immediately.
“It is time for justice in a court of law,” Judge Steven T. O’Neill said at the end of the sentencing hearing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “The day has come. The time has come.”
Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault came after the victim, Andrea Constand, said a man she had considered a mentor drugged her and sexually assaulted her. During the trial, Constand and five other women testified that Cosby had engaged in a similar pattern of behavior.
Bill Cosby is heading straight to prison. The disgraced comedian will be immediately remanded after being sentenced on Tuesday, September 25, to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.
Judge Steven O’Neill deemed Cosby, 81, a “sexually violent predator” during a hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He ruled that the Cosby Show alum must undergo lifetime counseling and appear on a sex offender registry.
“In sentencing, I will apply equal justice under the law,” the judge said. “No one is above the law because of where they live or who they are in terms of wealth, fame, celebrity of philanthropy.”
Cosby was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault after Constand, 45, testified that he gave her three blue pills before raping her at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.
“Mr. Cosby took her beautiful young spirit and crushed it,” Judge O’Neill said on Tuesday before declaring that the actor cannot have any contact with the former Temple University employee or her family members.
Cosby, who has long maintained his innocence, has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 60 women since Constand first went to police in 2005.
The Emmy winner’s wife, Camille, stood by him throughout the case, but she was not in court on Tuesday.
Cosby has been denied bail.
Bill Cosby is going away, but his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame isn’t going anywhere.
Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to 3 to 10 years in state prison. The comedian was also deemed a “sexually violent predator,” meaning he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
We reached out to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce regarding the status of Cosby’s star on the Walk of Fame, and a rep for the organization says it’ll stay put.
The rep explained, “Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a ‘designated historic cultural landmark,’ and are intended to be permanent. The stars only commemorate the recipient’s professional accomplishments.”
The statement continues, “It is regrettable when the personal lives of inductees do not measure up to public standards and expectations; however, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce does not remove stars from the Walk of Fame.”
Cosby’s star was recently vandalized with the words, “Serial Rapist,” but the graffiti was quickly removed.
Things aren’t all bad for Bill Cosby — yes , he’s going to jail, but he’s getting served pudding during his first meal behind bars!
Officials at Montgomery County Jail in Pennsylvania tell The Blast Cosby will be well fed for his first night in the slammer, including a chicken patty with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and an iced tea juice packet. On top of all that, we’re told he will be getting VANILLA PUDDING.
It’s unclear if the pudding will actually be Jell-O, but convicted sex offenders can’t be choosers.
As for what Cosby will be facing over the next few days until he’s transferred to a permanent facility to serve out his sentence, we’re told he will be first searched and offered a shower before changing into prison attire and issued his jail swag.
We’re told Cosby will be receiving:
- 1 blanket
- 2 sheets
- 1 towel
- 1 washcloth
- 1 hygiene kit