Though some 60 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault—specifically of drugging and raping them—none of those accusations has resulted in prison time for Cosby, until today, when he was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for the assault of Andrea Constand in 2004. He will also be classified a "sexually violent predator" for the rest of his life.
Cosby has been on house arrest—not waiting in jail where he belongs—since his conviction in April of this year. His defense requested that he be able to serve his term on house arrest instead of prison, considering he's old and blind and a celebrity, but the judge said, in so many words: Hell no. Prison for you. And no bail either.
As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pointed out in their sentencing memorandum asking for the maximum prison time, "These assaults spanned decades and demonstrate an ingrained pattern of criminality. There is no indication the defendant’s behavior will stop merely because he has been convicted."
The state also said: "Moreover, the defendant has never accepted responsibility for his crime, nor has he shown any remorse. Quite the opposite, he tried to silence Ms. Constand with money because he was concerned about his own potential financial harm if news of the assault became public."
"This is a very important day. Judgment day has come," said Gloria Allred in a press appearance while it rained.
A few quotes from Andrea Constand's victim impact statement:
• "Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy, young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others."
• "I was called a gold-digger, a con artist, and a pathological liar. My hard-working middle class parents were accused of trying to get money from a rich and famous man."
• "I had to relive every moment of the sexual assault in horrifying detail in front of Mr. Cosby and his lawyers. I felt traumatized all over again and was often in tears. I had to watch Cosby make jokes and attempt to degrade and diminish me, while his lawyers belittled and sneered at me."
• "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over."
You are a hero, Andrea Constand.