#BillCosby; #StevenO'Neill; #AndreaConstand; #MeTooera
Ottawa, Sep 26 (Canadian-Media): Accused Bill Cosby was sentenced yesterday to three to 10 years for sexually assault led to his groundbreaking fall from an iconic celebrity to convicted sexually violent predator, media reports said.
Bill Cosby. Image credit: Facebook page
The 81-year-old entertainer, Cosby once known as America's Dad, was labelled a sexually violent predator by Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill, who then sentenced him Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars.
Cosby had been accused by more than 60 women of sexual misconduct or assault, but his act of for drugging and sexually assaulting Canadian woman Andrea Constand in 2004 led to criminal charges, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to go to prison.
Official reports confirmed that a lot of celebrities had fallen from scandal but "Cosby was up in the stratosphere and the distance from his stratosphere to the hell he ended up in is a long, long fall."
Robert Thompson, the founding director of Syracuse University's Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture, said that although it was impossible to watch The Cosby Show without being overwhelmed by all the accusations against the star, but Thompson continued that it did not mean his body of work should disappear and added,
"If we erase Cosby in television history we erase a lot of really important stuff that we don't want to erase."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)