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Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

by Bridgette Babb | copy editor
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 10:00 pm

William Henry Cosby Jr., otherwise known as Bill Cosby, has been charged with drugging and assaulting a woman.

The man once known as “America’s Father Figure,” had all eyes on him as he endured the three to ten year sentencing given by Judge Steven O’Neill. Andrea Constand first accused the former actor of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004, after a visit to his home in Philadelphia. Cosby denied any foul play with the former Temple University employee fervently. Now, 14 years later, multiple other accusations and two  trials, justice has been served for Constand.

The case was reopened by new montgomery prosecutor Kevin Steele, after new evidence came to light. The evidence came from a civil suit Constand filed against Cosby in 2005, after no actions were made to seek charges against the comedian. This past July a judge unsealed Cosby’s deposition in that case. According to CNN, he admitted to having sexual relations with a few different women. He spoke on giving them prescription sedatives and trying to hide the affairs from his wife. Once that was released, it was inevitable for Constand’s claims to be taken more seriously. 

“Once we learned about allegations from other victims under similar circumstances, reopening this case was not a question,” Steele said. “Rather, reopening this case was our duty as law enforcement officers with a sworn obligation to uphold our constitutions and to uphold the law.”

Clear evidence showed that Cosby had indeed developed a relationship with Constand through her work with the Temple women’s basketball team. 

“Constand considered Cosby a friend and mentor, but on two occasions rejected advances by Cosby,” Steele said.

He went on to go into detail about how Cosby urged Constand to take the pills he provided along with some wine. The pills left her body paralyzed, which allowed Cosby to commit aggravated sexual assault on her. In the unsealed documents, Cosby admitted to giving prescription quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

The 81-year-old surrounded himself with only his attorneys in the courtroom. Though his wife Camille had been at his side through all the accusations, neither she nor his children were present for the duration of the trial. Cosby declined to address the courtroom, and sat very still as he listened to O'Neill give his sentencing. 

“This was a serious crime," said O'Neill. “Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.”

As hinted at before, this is not the first time Cosby has been accused of sexual assault. At least 50 other women have come forward and 25 of them have spoken on camera with CNN

Somehow Cosby has been  able to dodge all the accusations dating back 10 plus years, accusing the women of defamation. When news of Cosby’s sentencing got around, it was only logical that the other women would feel joy. Kaya Thompson, one of his accusers said she felt “shock and glee” combined.  She felt like her prayers had finally been answered. 

Cosby had been in the world of comedy and television for over 40 years. He created countless relatable characters for young black audiences, such as “Fat Albert” and “Little Bill.” 

It personally pains me to know that throughout his miserable life, he felt it was acceptable to take advantage of multiple woman. It pains me even more that he made it to the age of 81 before having to pay for a portion of his crimes. Cosby deserves to rot in jail and will never have my sympathy.

 

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