‘America’s Dad’ and celebrated Comedian Bill Cosby has been sent away in cuffs after he was sentenced three to 10 years in prison.
Judge Steven O’Neill declared the disgraced celebrity a ‘violent sexual predator.’
“Nobody is above the law because of where they live, who they are, wealth, fame, celebrity or even philanthropy,” O’Neill later said, adding: “Your time has come.”
Cosby was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Since then almost sixty women have accused him of sexual assault.
Constand addressed the court in a victim impact statement, “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” she wrote. “He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”
Lili Bernard, one of dozens of other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, said she felt “jubilation” on Tuesday afternoon after the verdict was revealed.
This is the first conviction that has come out of the #MeToo movement, which saw numerous individuals accusing some of Hollywood’s elite of sexual harassment and assault.
Bernard described the day as “a new day in rape culture, a new day in the women’s movement, a new day for feminism.”