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first_img Once-beloved actor, comedian faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison for drugging, molesting Andrea ConstandCosby the first celebrity in #MeToo era to go on trial, first to be convicted by MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Sep 25, 2018 5:50 am PDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 4:02 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories Cosby, accuser in court for start of sentencingSentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probationBill Cosby’s wife wants ethics board to investigate judge Summary Meanwhile, Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her “stuck in a holding pattern.”Constand, 45, said her training as a professional basketball player had led her to think she could handle anything, but “life as I knew it” ended on the night that Cosby knocked her out with pills and violated her.Constand said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.“When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote in her five-page statement.“Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.” #metoo|bill cosby|cosby|sentencingcenter_img Earlier in the day, the judge declared the comedian a “sexually violent predator” as a first step toward sentencing him for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago.The classification means that 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.Judge O’Neill made the decision as he prepared to sentence Cosby for violating Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison after being convicted in April in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby’s lawyers had fought the “sexually violent predator” designation, arguing that Pennsylvania’s sex-offender law is unconstitutional and that he is no threat to the public at his age. But O’Neill said prosecutors had met their burden of proof by “clear and convincing” evidence.When the ruling came down, a woman in courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!” Andrea Constand leaves after the first day of the sentencing hearing in the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) She also wrote: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.The judge ruled on Cosby’s sex-offender status after a defense psychologist, Timothy Foley, testified that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offense are “extraordinarily low” because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around.On Monday, a psychologist for the state testified that Cosby appears to have a mental disorder that gives him an uncontrollable urge to assault women.Cosby was smiling and joking with his spokesman and sheriff’s deputies as he settled into the courtroom Tuesday. On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist on the stand for the state portrayed him as a sexual predator with signs of a mental disorder.Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom; they are generally banned in Pennsylvania.Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.The proceedings took place as another extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than three decades ago.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.___Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer contributed to this report. NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby to three to 10 years in state prison on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The defense requested house arrest, saying Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison. He is legally blind.The 81-year-old comedian did not make a statement in court. Cosby sat back in his chair, his head on the headrest, as the sentence was read.Defense lawyers tried to keep Cosby out of prison while he appeals his conviction, saying he’s frail and legally blind. Judge Steven O’Neill refused their plea for Cosby to remain on house arrest, ruling Tuesday that Cosby will be locked up immediately.O’Neill says Cosby could “quite possibly be a danger to the community.”WATCH: Andrea Constand leaves courtroom after Cosby sentencing Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in state prisonlast_img read more