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81-Year-Old Disgraced Comedian, Bill Cosby Sentenced To 3 To 10 years in Prison

US comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison over his sexual assault conviction.

The 81-year-old was jailed after being found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at her home in 2004.

His lawyers have already vowed to appeal the sentence.

Montgomery County Court Judge Steven O’Neill said it was “time for justice” as he handed Cosby the prison term – and also fined him $25,000.

“Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you,” he told him. “The time has come.”

He quoted Ms Constand’s statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it”.

Cosby’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail. But judge O’Neill appeared incredulous over the request and said he would not treat the celebrity any differently from others.

After being sentenced, Cosby sat and chatted with his spokesman and a lawyer, seemingly in good spirits.

Cosby, who once had a family-friendly reputation with his 1980s comedy “The Cosby Show”, was the first celebrity to be convicted for sexual abuse since the start of the #MeToo movement.

In April, he was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Ms. Constand.

More than 50 other women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse going back decades, with most complaints too old to prosecute.

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