A judge in Pennsylvania has jailed one of the most celebrated comedian and Actor, Bill Cosby for three to 10 years for sexual assault.
Cosby, 81, was also categorised as a sexually violent predator, meaning he must undergo counselling for life and be listed on the sex offender registry.
On April 26, the jury in Cosby’s retrial found him guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, after an earlier attempt to prosecute him in June 2017 ended in a mistrial. The felony counts were connected to a 2004 incident between Cosby and former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. She testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home.
The judge stated the following…
“I’m not permitted to treat him any differently based on who he is or who he was. As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.” He told Constand, “I heard the very clear impact on your life.”
The comedian became a household name in 1980s America when he starred in the Cosby Show TV sitcom, playing the father in a well-to-do African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.
Such was his popularity that he was dubbed “America’s Dad”.
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