NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA,%20Pennsylvania&redirect=yes">, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 25, 2018) (NBC) – Bill Cosby was marched out of court in shackles on Tuesday (September 25) after a judge branded him a “predator” and sentenced him to between three and 10 years in prison for sexual assault, capping the downfall of the once-beloved comedian known as “America’s Dad.”
Cosby, 81, was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
He is the first celebrity to be convicted of sexual abuse since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.
He was escorted out a back door of the courthouse with his hands and feet shackled and driven away in a black sport utility vehicle.
Cosby has denied any wrongdoing. Asked if he wanted to address the court with a statement before sentencing, Cosby declined through his lawyers. His lawyers had asked that Cosby be placed under house arrest, citing his age and frailty.