In a Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom on Thursday the former The Cosby Show alum and well-known comedian was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident with Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University’s women’s basketball team. Constand had accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her.
Cosby could face up to ten years in prison for each count, but the 80-year old performer could end up serving these sentences concurrently.
The guilty verdict for Cosby comes following many different legal hurdles, and he now becomes one of the first major celebrities officially sentenced for his crimes in the #MeToo movement. This is obviously something that should have come about many years ago; hopefully, this verdict will still serve as a catalyst so that there is justice for other victims in the future, no matter how famous the accuser is. For so long, it felt as though Cosby was able to hide behind both his wealth and also this feeling that he still had supporters out there who considered him to be untouchable. Times have changed and hopefully, so will the way in which celebrity criminals are prosecuted. There is a greater awareness now and there is more support for victims — though we would hesitate to say that we are anywhere close to a fully supportive environment. Our heart continues to go out to many of Cosby’s victims who spent the past several years being persecuted and criticized for coming out and sharing their stories.
Prior to the assault case and the rise in accusations, Cosby had a television career that spanned decades, including series The Bill Cosby Show, The Cosby Show, and then also Cosby. There was briefly a series in development with him at NBC over the course of the past decade that was canceled when the victims started to speak out.
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