Bill Cosby arrived in court on Tuesday to learn whether he will go to prison for sexual assault as his sentencing hearing in a Pennsylvania courtroom concludes, capping a remarkable fall from grace for the comedian once known as "America's Dad".
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after his first day of sentencing hearings in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 24, 2018. He said the jury verdict must be heard "loud and clear". His lawyers had asked that Cosby be placed under house arrest, citing his age and frailty.
"Cosby's sentencing should serve as a reminder to abusers everywhere that no one operates with impunity", the organization posted on Twitter.
The judge announced the plan after ruling that Cosby should be designated as a "sexually violent predator" under state law.
Prior to the sentencing, O'Neill officially declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator," making the disgraced entertainer subject to reporting requirements for the rest of his life.
The former television superstar, who traded on a squeaky clean, fatherly image, was sentenced after being found guilty of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in April in one of the most widely publicized trials in modern history.
Constand, who is now a massage therapist in Canada, testified during the trial in April and in an earlier trial a year ago that ended with a hung jury, that she had become friends with Cosby, and viewed him as a mentor.
Amber Tamblyn lamented that the sentence of three to 10 years was not almost enough for his dozens of alleged victims. Psychologist and board member Kristen Dudely on Monday testified that after a review of trial testimony and police documents, she does believe Cosby meets the criteria for the sexual offender label.
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She testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home.
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In June 2017, Constand described how Cosby, whom she viewed as a "mentor", gave her pills that left her "frozen" and unable to stop his assault.
Hughley retweeted several tweets saying that Cosby got a harsh sentence because he is black.
"Bill Cosby took my attractive, healthy young spirit and crushed it", she wrote.
She also wrote of Cosby: "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".
Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of NY, praised Constand and each of the more than 60 women who have come forward to tell their stories about Cosby.
"This has been along journey to justice for all of the accusers, particularly Andrea Constand and her family" said Gloria Allred, an attorney for some of Cosby's accusers, some of whom testified against him in court.