A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby is a "sexually violent predator".
Dr. Kristen Dudley, a clinical psychologist and one of the authors of a report on Cosby by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, pushed for the comic to be labeled a sexually violent predator during the hearing.
The jury - made up of seven men and five women - deliberated for 14 hours in April following the two-week retrial at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Griffin also tweeted, "Thank you to @ConstandAndrea and all the fearless survivors (over 60 of them!) for standing up to a man who used to be extremely powerful".
Though the three charges, each carry a maximum possible sentence of 10 years, Judge O'Neill announced Monday that the charges had been merged into one because they all stem from the same event.
Andrea Constand says she's had to cope with years of unrelenting pain, anxiety and self-doubt after Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004. "I put a high degree of weight on the impact of the crime on the victim and her family", said O'Neill.
Cosby did not make any statement before sentencing.
Montgomery Count District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the idea that Cosby's age and failing health entitled him to mercy.
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During his sentencing, Cosby's legal team argued that his age and blindness should be taken into account, and tried to whittle his sentence down from years of jail time to house arrest.
Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of NY, praised Constand and each of the more than 60 women who have come forward to tell their stories about Cosby.
Cosby was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs as he held onto his walking cane following the sentencing.
JANUARY: Cosby performs in public for the first time since the scandal broke in 2015, taking the stage for about an hour at a Philadelphia jazz club. Among other proclamations, Wyatt claimed Cosby's trial was the "most racist and sexist in the history of the United States", comparing the actor to embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and saying both men are victims of a "sex war". And he said the sentence should send a message to others.
O'Neill termed Cosby as a "sexually violent predator" prior to the sentencing.
In the statement, she described herself before the assault as a young, strong woman looking forward to a future with bright possibilities.
More than 60 women subsequently came forward to accuse the once-beloved comedian of a slew of attacks, and in June 2017 he went on trial for assaulting Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.
But only Constand's allegation was the focus of a criminal trial, and she was in court for the sentencing, telling O'Neill she was asking only for "justice as the court sees fit".