Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a Canadian woman in 2004.
The comedian, once known as “America’s Dad” for his role as Cliff Huxtable on the television sitcom “The Cosby Show”, was convicted in April for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home.
At the time, Constand was Temple University’s athletics administrator.
Cosby’s case is the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
Prosecutors asked for a five to 10-year prison term, while the for the 81-year-old entertainer’s defence asked for house arrest, given his age and health.
Constand is one of 60 women who has accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.
In preparation for his sentencing decision, Judge Steven O’Neill declared Cosby a ‘sexually violent predator’ and must undergo lifetime counselling and report quarterly to authorities.
Cosby did not make a statement in court.
O’Neill told Cosby that he’s not entitled to bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction.