Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison without bail.
The Cosby Show star, 80 – who laughed as he arrived at court – was ruled a sexually violent predator by the judge as he was sentenced for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University basketball administrator Andrea Constand.
He was found guilty at retrial in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Ms Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004, but his lawyer accused the victim of being a “con artist” who levied false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.
His attorney also argued on Tuesday that he was too old and frail to serve time in jail, asking instead that he be sentenced to house arrest.
One of the shamed TV star’s accusers, Janice Baker-Kinney responded to the verdict.
She posted a statement on Twitter , which read: “I am overwhelmed with joy, relief and gratitude. Joy that finally, justice has been served. Relief that years of this toxic chain of silence has been broken and we can now move forward with our heads held high as survivors and not victims.
“And gratitude; so much gratitude for our fierce and steadfast supports, my fellow sister survivors, Kevin Steele and the entire District Attorney’s Office and to the men and women on this jury. I am so grateful that this just was able to distinguish the facts and really hear our true pain versus the defence’s shameful fictional nonsense, their vitriol and their stereotypical victim blaming.”
She also thanked her attorney, Gloria Allred.
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According to CBS, Cosby showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
It was predicted that the shamed star could face up to 30 years in prison after being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years.
Temple University also released a statement following the verdict, eluding to the fact that Cosby would be stripped of his honorary degree.
It said: “Temple University respects today’s decision reached by the jury in the Bill Cosby case. Today’s decision provides additional facts for the University to consider with respect to Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.”