In April, the former comedian and actor was found guilty of sexually assaulting and drugging Andrea Constand in 2004. He was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. On September 25, he was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison. The disgraced former comedian will likely not be seen in public again for at least three years and his courthouse exit was anything but graceful.
According to Hollywood Life, as he was being led away in handcuffs, he embarrassingly tripped on the stairs. Cosby was being led down the stairs with two guards on each side of him, holding onto his arms. He still lost his footing and tripped on the steps while being led to a police car.
Cosby claims to be nearly blind although he doesn’t use a cane to help him walk. But if he is visually impaired, then it would be difficult to navigate stairs even with the assistance of two guards. But it was still a shameful exit from the public eye for a man that was loved by audiences for decades.
His sentencing came after Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill designated Cosby a “sexually violent predator.” The judge also commented on the case and said, “This was a serious crime. It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come. No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently.”
Cosby’s sentence could have been much longer. It was actually changed from 30 years to 10. Originally, prosecutors wanted the longer sentences, but after combining his three counts of aggravated indecent assault into one, it was reduced. He will also be required to pay a fine of $25,000 on top of his prosecution costs.
Despite stumbling on the stairs, Cosby appeared to be in a decent mood and was seen smiling before his sentencing.
When Constand filed her lawsuit against him in 2004, she said he drugged her at her mansion in Pennsylvania and that he rubbed her breasts and genital areas and had penetrated her with his fingers. But according to The Wrap, there have been 60 women that have publically brought allegations of sexual misconduct against Cosby. These allegations go back as far as 1965.
Another woman, Tamara Green, described her assault in an interview on Today in 2005 saying, “If he didn’t kill me and he tried to rape me, it was going to go very badly. You feel no one will believe you. This is the great Bill Cosby.” She also mentioned that when it was over, he left two hundred dollar bills on her coffee table and left the apartment.