Legendary comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison Tuesday, for the drugging and sexual assault of a woman at his home 14 years ago.
The New York Times notes that the sentencing completed “the precipitous downfall to disgrace of a man from the heights of stardom and putting an exclamation mark on the first major conviction of the #MeToo era.”
In handing down his ruling to Bill Cosby today, Judge O’Neill said, “No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or disproportionally.” Cosby would be sentenced regardless of “who he is or who he was,” O’Neill said.
He also referenced how brave Andrea Constand, who Cosby was convicted to sexually assaulting, was through this whole process.
“I have given great weight to the victim impact testimony in this case, and it was powerful,” he added.
The court released Constand’s full victim impact statement, in which she wrote: “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.”
Cosby was facing up to 30 years in prison for three counts of indecent aggravated assault. More than 60 women have come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, but only Constand’s report led to criminal charges. Cosby has been on house arrest since his conviction in April.