by 👩💻 Alice Monroe
Bill Cosby – the comedian and actor once known to millions as America’s Dad – has officially completed his spectacular fall from grace this week, as a judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that the star should spend up to ten years in jail after having been found guilty of drugging and molestation charges. The victim, Andrea Constand, who had advised that Cosby’s conduct had ‘robbed (her) of (her) health and vitality’ and her ‘trust in (herself) and others’, asserted that she was ‘looking forward to looking forward’. “I want to get to the place where the person I was meant to be gets a second chance,” she stated.
▶ Bill Cosby sentenced
Cosby was found guilty of three charges with regard to Constand and, as such, he will be expected to serve at least three years’ sentence in a state jail. Request for bail from the comedian was denied, and he was also fined a total of $25,000 in addition to prosecution fees. Cosby’s attorney failed to appeal to the judge presiding with regard to the star’s frailty, as it had been requested that house arrest be sought instead. Indeed, Cosby had been under house arrest since April this year – but now, he will be transferred to Montgomery County Correctional Facility – with his case therefore being one of the first major victories of the #MeToo era.
▶ Impact of the #MeToo movement on Bill Cosby's case
Cosby is required to undergo monthly counselling sessions for the rest of his life, will be listed on the sex offenders’ register and, according to sources, has been categorized as a violent sexual predator. Kristen Dudley, a testifying psychologist, advised that the actor would be likely to continue to offend, and that he appeared to possess signs of a mental disorder. He will be able to apply for parole once the first three years of his sentence have expired, however, he may be required to fulfil the maximum of ten. Andrew Wyatt, speaking on behalf of Cosby, referred to the trial as ‘racist and sexist’, and that the star was a ‘sex war’ victim.
District Attorney Kevin Steele, however, summed things up differently. “For decades, the defendant has been able to hide his true self and hide his crimes using his fame and fortune. He’s hidden behind a character (…) but it was fiction.”
“Someone who has a lot of money, someone who is famous, someone who can get a lot of attention all over the world just by showing up some place to eat shouldn’t get a free pass for his crimes, or be allowed to walk free.”