Bill Cosby has been sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand which took place in the comedian’s home fourteen years ago. This sentencing is following the revelation that Bill Cosby has drugged and raped or sexually assaulted upwards of 62 women, with the earliest reported incident happening in 1965. It is very likely that the actual number of victims far exceeds this amount. Cosby was ordered to pay his victim $25,000 and to cover her prosecutor’s fees.
Additionally, Bill Cosby has been classified as a “lifetime sexual predator”. This means Cosby will be registered as a lifetime sex offender on the sex offender registry, with mandatory counseling once a month, and a notification when he moves into a new area.
Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, took the odd track of comparing Bill Cosby to Jesus Christ in his response, saying: “They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. (I’m) not saying Mr. Cosby’s Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.” Gloria Allred, the attorney for Cosby’s victims however, stated that Cosby showed no remorse and a majority of his victims have still not received justice: “We’re glad that judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby. Mr Cosby has shown no remorse and there has been no justice for many of the accusers who were barred from a court by the arbitrary time limits imposed by the statute of limitations.” Both quotes are taken from CNN.
Bill Cosby’s victim in the case, Andrea Constand, released a lengthy statement about the traumatic effects that Bill Cosby’s drugging and rape has caused her, mincing no words, saying: “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.” The entire statement can be read here.
The public revelation of Bill Cosby as a serial rapist began the national conversation around powerful men abusing their power towards women in earnest, a conversation which has culminated in the #MeToo movement that is currently outing criminals both famous and not.
Cosby’s sentencing is considered the first on the #MeToo movement.
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