- A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby will be spending three to ten years in jail for sexual assault
- Andrea Constand came forward at the beginning of the #MeToo movement to report her attack
- Over 60 women have also accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assault since Constand shared her story
American actor Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to ten years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting basketball player, Andrea Constand.
The 81-year-old is currently serving the first few days of his sentence at Correctional Facility in Montgomery County before he is transferred to a different prison in Phoenix who will be equipped to deal with his medical needs.
However, Judge Steven O’Neill did say that he will not be treating the disgraced actor any differently because of his celebrity status and he wants to ensure that Cosby’s victim gets the justice that she deserves.
Briefly.co.za learned that Cosby was the first celebrity to be jailed as part of the #MeToo movement which has empowered more people to share their experiences and to ensure that their attackers are made known.
A cheer was let out in the courtroom when the judge handed down the sentence and it was clearly a victory for everyone involved in the #MeToo campaign.
Anyone convicted of sexual assault is usually sentenced to 10 years in prison, however because of Cosby’s age and the fact that he is legally blind, the judge ruled that he could have his sentence slightly reduced.
Channel24 reports that the judge classed Cosby as a violent sexual predator which means that the actor will be permitted to undergo counselling for the rest of his life and will also appear on the list of sex-offenders which is sent to schools and neighbourhoods.
During his trial, Cosby was seen laughing during testimonies given by psychologists who diagnosed him with mental disorders which stop him from controlling urges to attack women.
Constand was relieved to hear the news of his sentence and is glad that someone finally took her claims seriously as she had originally reported the actor in 2005 but it had fallen on deaf ears.
Since Constand came forward, more than 60 women have also accused the actor of assault or drugging them, however none of them became criminal charges.
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