NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The Latest on the sentencing of Bill Cosby (all times local):
A prosecutor who tried Bill Cosby in his sexual assault case says the comedian’s chief accuser, Andrea Constand, told her she was happy with his three-to-10-year prison sentence.
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” that accuser Andrea Constand gave her strength as she went through the difficult process of prosecuting Cosby.
Feden says “her courage and strength was enough for me to say, ‘Let’s keep going.”
Feden also says that as she watched Cosby during the proceedings, “I don’t even know that it was clear to him that this was judgment day.”
Cosby’s wife, Camille, has claimed that a phone recording played at trial was doctored. On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Feden’s fellow prosecutor Stewart Ryan called it a “last-ditch effort to cook up an appeal issue.”
A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that the star’s conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault stem from a racist and sexist justice system.
Cosby is vowing to appeal his conviction as the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. He is serving time at a state prison in Montgomery County after his sentencing there Tuesday.
Judge Steven O’Neill has presided over the case for nearly three years. He says Cosby remains a potential danger to socity even though he is 81 and infirm. The judge says Cosby could still drug people to override their lack of consent to sexual activity.
Defense lawyers had argued that Cosby be sentenced to home confinement over the 2004 assault.
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