Bill Cosby will finally face consequences for his crimes, in what is a major victory for the #MeToo movement.
According to the New York Times, the disgraced comedian was sentenced on Tuesday, September 25, to serve a three- to 10-year prison sentence. The sentencing hearing followed an April conviction, in which he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Canadian athlete and Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. The case was tried in Pennsylvania, where the assault took place 14 years ago.
The 81-year-old has been accused of sexual assault and abuse by dozens of women over the years. Ten of those women, including Andrea, were present in the courthouse for the hearing on Tuesday. Judge Steven T. O’Neill handed down the sentencing, after ruling earlier in the day that The Cosby Show star was a “sexually violent predator” under Pennsylvania law.
“It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you,” Judge O’Neill said, according to the New York Times. “The day has come. The time has come.”
Judge O’Neill also stated that no one is above the law and referenced Andrea’s victim impact testimony, calling it “powerful.”
“Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” the brave survivor said in her statement submitted to the court ahead of the former sitcom star’s sentencing. “He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”
Hopefully, the victims of the man once known as “America’s Dad” can find some peace and healing, knowing that justice has finally been served.
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