Bill Cosby’s publicist compares conviction to persecution of Jesus

Bill Cosby

The 81-year-old comedian - described as a "sexually violent predator" - was sentenced to three to 10 years in a state prison Tuesday for the 2004 sex assault of a Toronto woman.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to no less than three years and up to a maximum of 10 years in prison today following an April conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand. Vox reports that in addition to the prison sentence, the hearing also addressed "whether the extensive number of assault allegations against Cosby qualified him as a 'sexually violent predator, ' a designation that would require Cosby to register as a sex offender, regularly check in with state police, and undergo counseling." .

Prosecutors have asked for the comedian to be sentenced to five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, arguing the legally blind Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison.

Cosby was found guilty in April of molesting Constand, who had been operations manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby had been a major supporter and donor. She is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of drugging and violating them over the past 50 years.

The retrial was hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement, but given that the trial's outcome indicated that Cosby could be sentenced to a more than a decade in prison, some might be disappointed in the actual sentence that was handed to "America's Dad".

The comedian's first trial in 2017 ended in a hung jury.

On Monday, Green urged Judge Steven O'Neill to ignore the protests and activism surrounding the case and send Cosby home.

Bill Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt said outside a Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday: "Mr Cosby knows that God is watching over him. he knows that these are lies".

A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby is a "sexually violent predator".

Defense attorneys challenged Dudley's assessment that he would reoffend, saying that his age and blindness made it unlikely. While the defence asked their client to remain under house arrest pending an appeal, the judge ordered him to be remanded into custody. Timothy P. Foley, a licensed psychologist who met with Cosby, testified for the defense on Tuesday that sex offense recidivism becomes "almost negligible" for people over the age of 70. O'Neill allowed five of them to testify at trial, while others came to watch the court proceedings. On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist on the stand for the state portrayed him as a sexual predator with signs of a mental disorder. She testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home.

Ms Constand, now 45, said she has suffered with anxiety and self-doubt for years in a statement submitted to the court. "The victims cannot be unraped, all we can do is hold the perpetrators responsible".

Steele said, "He was good at hiding this for a long time - good at suppressing this for a long time.So it's taken a long time to get there".

Cosby broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show.

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