Bill Cosby’s day of reckoning arrives in court
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Facing the possibility of prison at 81, Bill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday to learn his punishment for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago in what led to the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to give the comedian five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, saying the legally blind Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison.
Cosby was smiling and joking with his spokesman and sheriff’s deputies as he settled into the courtroom.
On Monday, the comic laughed at times as a psychologist on the witness stand for the state portrayed him as a sexual predator.
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 once-beloved entertainer dubbed America’s Dad for his role as Dr Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked, 1980s-era “Cosby Show” faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison for violating Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004.
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.
Tuesday’s sentencing was a reckoning accusers and prosecutors said was decades in the making.