USA actor Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison

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

Bill Cosby, the comic once regarded as "America's dad" before allegations of sexual assault derailed his once legendary career, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison.

This means he will have to register as a sex offender and undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools, and victims, according to the AP.

Cosby, who once had a family friendly reputation thanks to the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show", was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. He is the first celebrity to be convicted since the emergence a year ago of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has ended the careers of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

Prosecutors had asked for the maximum prison sentence of between five and 10 years, citing the nature of Cosby's crime as well as his alleged history of misconduct.

Cosby's lawyers asked for house arrest rather than prison time, arguing that incarceration would be overly punitive given his age and physical condition. He is legally blind.

But O'Neill said prosecutors had met their burden of proof by "clear and convincing" evidence. She's among about 60 women who came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct. Steele said, his voice rising.

Constand 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 that Cosby knocked her out with pills and violated her.

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Dickinson, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1982, was sitting in the second row behind Constand.

". After the assault, I wasn't sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes", the statement read in part.

Constand says she now lives alone with her two dogs, "stuck in a holding pattern" as a middle-aged woman because she has trouble trusting people.

Judge Steven O'Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Psychologist Kristen Dudley testified on Monday that Cosby showed signs of a mental disorder and was likely to reoffend.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court Tuesday.

The proceedings took place as women and others across the USA protested against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct by two women.

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