Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 year for sexual assault

'America's Dad' Cosby to hear if he will face jail

Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape

U.S. television icon Bill Cosby, 81, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in jail for drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

NY magazine contacted 42 colleges that had granted Cosby honorary degrees and found that, as of June, 33 of them, including the college he attended, Temple University, had revoked the honor.

This year's retrial occurred amid the #MeToo movement that has seen people worldwide come forward to share stories of sexual harassment and assault.

More than 50 other women also have accused Cosby of sexual abuse going back decades, with most complaints too old to prosecute.

Bill Cosby has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison after a judge ruled that the actor once deemed America's favourite father figure was a sexually violent predator.

Cosby did not make a statement in court.

"He's hidden behind a character he created, Dr. Cliff Huxtable", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference, referring to Cosby's best-known role. He could end up in a long-term medical care unit. As he gets settled into his new home for the next few years, Cosby's mugshot has been released to the public.

Rosie O'Donnell thanked Cosby's accuser, Andrea Constand, for speaking up. He will need to undergo lifelong counseling and he is also being forced to register on a sex offender's list.

Though the three charges, each carry a maximum possible sentence of 10 years, Judge O'Neill announced Monday that the charges had been merged into one because they all stem from the same event.

During his sentencing, Cosby's legal team argued that his age and blindness should be taken into account, and tried to whittle his sentence down from years of jail time to house arrest. "It took 60+ accusers to finally bring his survivors justice &vindication".

"When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities", she wrote in her five-page statement.

The Cosby case "really raised awareness of the pervasiveness of ... sexual misconduct against subordinates and against women of relatively less power", said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University's law school. "Now, nearly 15 years later, I'm a middle-aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward".

When Cosby was convicted of crimes against Constand in April, he was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, and was removed from the online list of the Television Academy's Hall of Fame honorees.

Some celebrities weighed in with comments about the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which Kavanaugh has denied.

Andrea Constand, 45, said her training as a professional basketball player had led her to think she could handle anything, but "life as I knew it" ended on the night in 2004 that Cosby knocked her out with pills and violated her.

Cosby, whose estimated fortune once topped $400 million, broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy".

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