It’s a bad day for alleged and convicted sexual predators. Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison today. Cosby was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby’s trial was the first major celebrity trial and conviction in the #MeToo era and conviction emboldened both the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Judge Steven O’Neill handed down Bill Cosby’s sentence in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania court Tuesday afternoon at 2:10 pm. “This was a serious crime, Mr. Cosby this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.” He practically said “times up!” Then he told Andrea Constand, “I heard the very clear impact on your life.”
The prison system will determine the exact amount of time he will serve under Pennsylvania law. It’s a strange but old law in the state where the prison system will use an established formula for the prison to determine the exact time to be served.
It’s official! The judge has denied bail to Bill Cosby! He will be remanded to prison within moments. Andrea has left the courtroom happy. The courtroom is currently being emptied, presumably because Cosby is about to be handcuffed and the lawyers have asked that he not be handcuffed in the courtroom despite there being no cameras there. Cosby is now being taken to jail.
Bill Cosby walked out in handcuffs in front of the cameras JUST NOW!
UPDATE! One of Cosby’s publicists is claiming racism and sexism(??!!) and going off on a very bizarre rant that makes me question his sanity. He’s claiming falsified evidence, and all sorts or weird shit. He’s losing his mind on TV! The publicist yells at the crowd that anyone who wants to say anything negative about Mr. Cosby is a joke.
Camille Cosby’s publicist is also screaming about a tape recording being doctor and that false evidence was used to convict. She is claiming that the recording of the phone call that Andrea’s mother made was edited to make Cosby look bad.
I’m feeling a little sick and a lot of hatred toward this man, as I am sure many survivors of sexual abuse are today. Thoughts are with those who have been triggered by this lengthy trial, and hope that it brings us all some resolution. #metoo