Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison, when he was convicted on grounds of sexually assaulting Andrea Constad, after drugging her, in his home, in the year 2004.
Is this a result of the #MeToo movement?
Indeed, after the Me Too movement gained momentum in 2017, many big shots of various industries faced the music when women and men, alike, came out with allegations which brought sexual offenders under the spotlight. Leading examples would be Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen. Social Media accountability sure has its pros and cons, but #metoo social media campaign, which later escalated and escaped the bounds of social media and became an actual movement, helped a lot of people shed light on the heinous atrocities that they had to face in various places, ranging from the work place to their own homes. The Bill Cosby accusations have been coming to the fore, for an average of 32 years, as was portrayed on the Oklahoma Law Blog.
Are there other accusers?
Some 60 other women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct but charges have not been brought because of the statute of limitations. However, Cosby does face defamation lawsuits for branding his accusers liars. “I’m overwhelmed by the number of women who were willing to go through this process with us… telling their stories of being drugged, assaulted or raped by Bill Cosby,” said District Attorney Steele. Lili Bernard and former model Janice Dickinson – both Cosby accusers present at the hearing – tweeted on Tuesday: “May justice be served! #MeToo”.
With my brave, badass #survivorsister #JaniceDickinson now at #MontgomeryCountyCourthouse. 2nd & last day #BillCosby sentencing hearing. #JudgeStevenOneill just announced he’s ready to hand down sentence to our rapist. May justice be served! #MeToo #TimesUp #ERANow pic.twitter.com/Rpcg1DNrOL
— Lili Bernard (@LiliBernard) September 25, 2018
The comedian was arrested in 2015 and a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in June 2017. This year’s retrial occurred amid the #MeToo movement that has seen people worldwide come forward to share stories of sexual harassment and assault.
2018 Conviction of Bill Cosby: everything you need to know
Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison Tuesday, more than 14 years after he gave Andrea Constand pills that left her incapacitated in his home.
The 81-year-old once-revered comedian was found guilty by a jury of sexual assault in April for drugging and molesting Constand, a former Temple University employee, in his Philadelphia home in 2004. He was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
The hearing, which began on Sept. 24, lasted only two days. During, the judge declared Cosby to be a “sexually violent predator,” meaning Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.
“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” said Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill. He also denied bail for Cosby. For further details, refer to a detailed Fox News Report.
Cosby accuser on verdict: “It’s a hallelujah moment”
Cosby accuser Lili Bernard, an actress who said Cosby drugged and raped her, told CNN that today’s verdict was a “hallelujah moment” for her despite feeling “mixed emotions” over its length.
“This is a momentous decision in the me-too era,” Bernard said. She added:
“It’s incredibly important. I do have mixed emotions. On the one hand I feel absolutely elated that justice was served. On the other hand I also feel disappointed because clearly the three-year minimum sentence does not adequately reflect the havoc this man, this rapist, has inflicted on so many women including myself.”
– by Nandini Paul