To begin his three to ten years sentence Bill Cosby was escorted to Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Tuesday afternoon outside Philadelphia.
While doing so he stumbled however two officers assisted the comic. Who once was known as America’s Dad, as he emerged from the facility looking unsteady in a vest and braces.
Judge Steven O’Neil earlier on Tuesday sentenced Cosby for drugging and molesting a woman more than a decade ago. While the 81-year-old comedian sat back in his chair with his head on the headrest.
Cosby removed his watch, tie and jacket before he was about to escort the court room handcuffed with just his walking stick.
‘This was a serious crime. It is time for justice. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,’ O’Neill said in sentencing him. ‘No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently.’
After a two-day hearing the punishment came with the judge declaring Cosby as a ‘sexually violent predator’.
Name on sex-offender registry that is sent to neighbors, schools and victims will have his name. Not only that but this classification also means that he will be undergoing a lifetime counseling and report quarterly to the authorities.
Cosby was denied bail, fined $25,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs, which are expected to be more than $44,000. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court during the sentencing.
Cosby could end up in a long-term medical care unit. He must serve the minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole.
Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison for the comic. His lawyers had asked for house arrest saying Cosby, who is legally blind, is too old and helpless to do time in prison.
The judge ruled that Cosby will not be entitled to bail when he appeals the conviction, which his attorneys have already vowed to do. O’Neill said Cosby ‘could quite possibly be a danger to the community’.
He was sentenced five months after being convicted in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era and all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, TV star and breaker of racial barriers.
The once-beloved entertainer was convicted of violating Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004.
Constand smiled broadly upon hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.
Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt said immediately after the sentencing, calling it the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.
‘Mr Cosby knows that God is watching over him. He knows that these are lies. They persecuted Jesus and look what happened,’ he said.
‘I’m not saying Mr Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries. So Mr Cosby is doing fine. He’s holding up well and everybody who wants to say anything negative, you’re a joke as well.’