Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years for Sex Assault
American comedian and actor Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in prison for sex crimes. After the sentencing Tuesday, Cosby was taken directly to prison.
In April, a court in Pennsylvania found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill said during sentencing: "It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come."
He also noted victim Andrea Constand's own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it."
Constand, who is 45, was Temple University's women's basketball administrator at the time of the assault. The attack took place in Cosby's home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cosby, who is 81, chose not to speak in court before the sentencing. Afterward, he was seen laughing and talking with his defense team. Cosby's wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court.
Cosby's lawyers asked the judge to permit Cosby to remain free on bail while he appeals the guilty finding against him. The judge appeared shocked by the request and refused. He said Cosby "could quite possibly be a danger to the community."
The court also fined Cosby $25,000.
Former model Janice Dickinson was in court. She is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of drugging and violating them over the past 50 years. Dickinson looked at Cosby after the sentence was announced and said: "Here's the last laugh, pal."
Another Cosby accuser in the courtroom, Lili Bernard, said, "Maybe this will send a message to other powerful perpetrators that they will be caught and punished."
The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing, during which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator." He will now have to legally register as a sexual offender. The publicly available registry lets neighbors and schools search for sexually violent people in their area.
Cosby also will be required to attend monthly mental health treatment for the rest of his life.
Cosby faced a sentence of anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest. They argued that Cosby — who is legally blind — is too old and weak to do time in prison.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the call for a softer punishment.
Steele said, "He was good at hiding this for a long time -- good at suppressing this for a long time...So it's taken a long time to get there."
In a statement given to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, 45, said that she has struggled for years with anxiety and self-doubt. She said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.
In the statement, she described herself before the assault as a young, strong woman looking forward to a future with bright possibilities.
"Now, almost 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."
Cosby broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show. He went on to become hugely famous as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." The television program was one of the most-watched in America during its run from 1984 to 1992.
Cosby's estimated worth was more than $400 million at one point.
However, his career collapsed as the accusations against him increased.
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1.move forward 向前移动
In the past, the work in the factory could not move forward for lack of necessary rules and regulations.
过去由于规章制度不健全， 这个厂的工作老是上不去 。
2.took place 发生
Another dust-up took place in the teahouse.
3.at the end of 在...尽头
There is a shop at the end of the street.
4.mental health 心理健康
Poor housing and family stress can affect both physical and mental health.
5.So it's taken a long time to get there.
taken a long time to 花很长时间...
The town has taken a long time to recover from the disaster of the flood.
My cousin has taken a long time to look for that computer program.
6.Cosby's estimated worth was more than $400 million at one point.
at one point 在某一时刻；一度
At one point, he even demanded to know who was behind the killing of JFK.
At one point three news media choppers hovered overhead.
周二，美国笑星、演员比尔·科斯比（Bill Cosby）因性犯罪被判3到10年监禁 。周二宣读判决后，科斯比被直接送进监狱 。
蒙哥马利县法官史蒂文·奥尼尔（Steven O'Neill）宣判时表示：“是时候伸张正义了 。科斯比先生，天道好轮回 。你的好日子到头了 。
法官还提到了受害者安德里亚·康斯坦德(Andrea Constand)在法庭上发表的声明 。她在声明中控诉，科斯比剥夺并摧毁了她“美丽、年轻的灵魂” 。
康斯坦德现年45岁，性侵发生时她是天普大学女子篮球管理人员 。她在科斯比位于宾夕法尼亚州费城附近的家中遭到袭击 。
81岁的科斯比选择宣判前在法庭上保持缄默 。事后，有人目睹他和辩护团队在一起说笑 。与科斯比结婚54年的妻子卡米尔并未出庭 。
科斯比的律师要求法官在他对有罪判决提出上诉时允许科斯比可以保释 。法官对这一要求颇感震惊并予以驳回 。他说，科斯比“很可能对社区构成威胁” 。
前模特贾尼斯·迪金森（Janice Dickinson）出庭作证 。在过去的50年里，约有60名女性指控科斯比迷奸了她们，迪金森是受害者之一 。宣判后，迪金森看着科斯比说：“伙计，这是你最后一次面露微笑了” 。
庭上另一位控诉科斯比的原告莉莉·伯纳德（Lili Bernard）表示，“也许这会向其他有权势的罪犯传递一个信息——天网恢恢疏而不漏 。”
此前，在为期两天的听证会结束时，法官将科斯列为“性暴力掠夺者” 。他现在需依法登记为性犯罪者 。这个公开登记能让邻居和学校在周边发现性暴力者 。
科斯比面临着缓刑到10年监禁 。他的律师要求软禁 。他们认为，科斯比——法律上是盲人——年纪太大，身体虚弱，无法在狱中服刑 。
蒙哥马利县地方检察官凯文·斯蒂尔（Kevin Steele）对相对温和的判决要求予以驳回 。
现年45岁的康斯坦德在周二向法庭提交的一份声明中表示，多年来，她一直在焦虑和自我怀疑中挣扎 。她说，她现在和两条狗一起生活，很难再相信别人 。
科斯比在20世纪60年代打破种族障碍，成为首位在网络节目中担纲主角的黑人演员 。他在《科斯比秀》中因饰演睿智、善解人意的克里夫·赫克斯特伯博士而声名大噪 。这个电视节目在1984年到1992年期间是美国收视率最高的节目之一 。