Furthermore, before he was taken into police custody, he allegedly made jokes to his legal team. They're also fighting civil lawsuits filed by some accusers that threaten to drain his vast fortune. Sheriff's deputies escorted Cosby out of the courtroom as he clutched a wooden cane with both hands.
He did not say a word. Neither were his children. "This is a serious crime he's been sentenced for", O'Neill explained. "Mr. Cosby this has all circled back to you. The time has come".
Cosby declined an opportunity to address the court prior to his sentencing.
Constand stood at Steele's side but shook her head to say she had no comment.
Cosby's lawyers face a hard burden in convincing an appellate court to second-guess O'Neill's decision, experts told Reuters.
The prison system assigned Cosby inmate number NN7687. ( I hope they get their day as well) So y'all are going to sit here and tell me that all of these women are lying? FOH!
Cosby will serve his time at SCI Phoenix, about 20 miles from his gated estate. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by dozens of other women, but many of their claims were unable to be adjudicated in court.
Cosby has countersued the seven women in the MA case, alleging they engaged in a campaign to "assassinate" his "honorable legacy and reputation".
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"This has been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States", Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the press after the sentencing.
Constand's case was the only one that was within the statute of limitations.
Prosecutors convinced the judge to deny Cosby, 81, bail pending an appeal because they believe the elderly, frail and legally blind comedian still poses a danger to society.
A first criminal trial against Cosby ended in a hung jury.
THE AFTERMATH: In a victim impact statement, Constand says she was consumed by self-doubt and confusion after the assault.
Defence lawyers had argued that Cosby be sentenced to home confinement over the 2004 assault. Constand was formerly a women's basketball coach at Temple University, an institution where Cosby was a trustee, major donor and famous alumnus. He used that position of power and trust, as well as his public persona as television father figure Dr. Huxtable, to take advantage of her, she testified at trial.
If Cosby serves the 10-year sentence, he will be 91 when he's released.
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