Bill Cosby’s mugshot has emerged following the news he’s been sentenced to three to ten years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault.
Ruled to be a ‘sexually violent predator’, the 81-year-old comedian and actor will now have his name put on a sex offenders register which will be distributed to neighbours and schools.
During a trial in April 2018, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. However, his latest sentence was for drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University women’s basketball team administrator, Andrea Constand, at his home back in 2004.
Cosby will now go to state prison, as reported by NPR, after having his bail revoked.
Delivering the sentence, Judge Steven T. O’Neill stated:
Nobody is above the law because of where they live, who they are, wealth, fame, celebrity of even philanthropy.
The traumatic aftermath, the alienation from friends, pain, anguish, nightmares,
She [Andrea] came forward, civil suit, deposition. I read your statement and heard from your family, and it is especially devastating to the Constands who went through this.
So, I put a high degree into the impact on the victim and her family. Thirty four months this has gone on. Your time has come.
Prosecutors submitted Constand’s full victim impact statement to the court, which read:
I had just given my two-month notice at Temple when the man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me.
Instead of being able to run, jump and pretty much do anything I wanted physically, during the assault I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn’t speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself.
After the assault, I wasn’t sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes. The shame was overwhelming. Self-doubt and confusion kept me from turning to my family or friends as I normally did. I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself.
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) September 25, 2018
When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities.
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.
Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.
Cosby will have to receive counselling for the remainder of his life and will also have to report to authorities on a quarterly basis.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.