Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star will NOT removed following sentencing

Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star will NOT removed following sentencing

Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star will NOT removed following sentencing

Cosby was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman, capping the once-beloved comedian's downfall from "America's Dad" to convicted felon.

Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. The AP notes, "The punishment made him the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison".

Minutes earlier, Constand left court with her arms folded, a smile spreading across her face as other women who have accused Cosby came to hug her.

Constand said in a written statement submitted to the court on Monday that the attack had turned her into a woman who was "stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward".

Cosby requested to be freed on bail pending appeal but he was shut down quickly as he was remanded into custody according to The Blast.

The defense asked for house arrest.

"He's hidden behind a character he created, Dr. Cliff Huxtable", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference, referring to Cosby's best-known role.

Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, said in a statement that she had retained a former prosecutor to facilitate her efforts to "uncover the truth" regarding what she says is a feud between O'Neill and Castor.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said it is unfortunate when public figures do not live up to behavioral expectations, but said Cosby's star on the Walk of Fame would remain - in keeping with policy. He will also be required to take a sex offenders program. Prosecutors had been seeking the maximum sentence of five to ten years.

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During his sentencing, Cosby's legal team argued that his age and blindness should be taken into account, and tried to whittle his sentence down from years of jail time to house arrest.

Arguing over Cosby being ruled as a sexually violent predator, his counsel conveyed it to the judge that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions on sexually violent predator designation.

She said: 'This has been a long journey to justice for all of the accusers.

In the statement, she described herself before the assault as a young, strong woman looking forward to a future with bright possibilities.

President Barack Obama, who was in office when most of the allegations were levied against Cosby, said in January 2016 that there was "no precedent for revoking a medal".

She testified that Cosby has a mental disorder that attracts him to non-consenting women, and that "he is likely to re-offend". "Now, nearly 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".

Ms. Constand said Cosby gave her what she thought were herbal pills to ease stress, then sexually assaulted her as she lay immobilised on a couch.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury.

Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy", in 1965.

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