Bill Cosby looked despondent in a mew mugshot photo that was taken at a jail near the Montgomery County courthouse in Philadelphia where he was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison.
The 81-year-old was convicted of three counts of drugging and molesting a former Temple University staffer at his home in 2004.
Cosby will spend the next 3 years at a state medical prison facility. He must serve at least 75% of the minimum 3 year sentence before he is eligible for release.
The comedian was reportedly served vanilla pudding on his first evening behind bars, according to The Blast. Cosby was a spokesman for Jell-O brand pudding for many years.
In addition to pudding, Cosby was fed a meal that consisted of a chicken patty with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and an iced tea juice packet.
His menu will be upgraded when he is moved from jail to a state prison medical facility in Pennsylvania. Cosby is legally blind and he is reportedly in poor health.
60 women came forward to accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them over 4 decades.
Bill Cosby arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday for a two day sentencing hearing that will decide whether he goes home on probation or spends the rest of his life in prison.
The 81-year-old comedian appeared stoic as he entered the courthouse in Norristown surrounded by police officers.
Cosby was convicted of drugging and indecently assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in 2004. More than 60 women have accused Cosby of drugging assaulting them over 4 decades.
The first day of the sentencing hearing will focus on whether Cosby should be classified as a violent sex offender. He will be sentenced on the second day of the hearing.
Constand (the initial accuser) tweeted a Bible verse ahead of the hearing:
“Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity.”
Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby remains supportive of him. In an earlier statement she accused the judge of being biased against her husband.
“Bill Cosby was not afforded an impartial judge and he did not receive a fair trial,” she said. “Instead, my husband was forced to go to trial before a judge, Steven T. O’Neill, who had a bitter, longstanding feud with one of the key witnesses in the case, Bruce Castor.”
The jury in Bill Cosby’s retrial found the TV icon guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursdayfor drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.
The 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently.
After the trial concluded, Constand left through a side door in the courtroom, walking into a hallway with her arms around two women and a huge smile on her face. Cosby shouted at the prosecutor in court when his bail was discussed, observers said.
The case against Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women’s basketball team. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice.
Cosby’s defense team argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby’s fortune.
The case is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena.
Nicolle Rochelle, a 39-year-old actress who appeared in four episodes of “The Cosby Show” charged at Bill Cosby as he arrived at his sexual-assault retrial Monday morning. I thought the actress charged at him in protest because he raped her while on the show? Turns out this is not the case at all. Rochelle who is a member of an international feminist group was defending the alleged victims. Seriously?
What she did was pointless and asinine!! Rochelle was looking for her 15 minutes of fame, she is credited as Nicole Leach, who played a friend of Rudy’s on “The Cosby Show” in just four (4) episodes.
The looking for a come-up actress, jumped over a barricade outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in suburban Philadelphia and got within a few feet of the comedian, 80, who has been charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. Rochelle, a resident of Little Falls, N.J., was obstructed by sheriff’s deputies and charged with disorderly conduct.
The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case sent word to the judge that they are hopelessly deadlocked on day 4 of deliberations, meaning they can not unanimously reach a verdict on three counts. The judge ordered the jury to continue deliberations, saying it is too early to quit.
The panel of five women and seven men are sequestered at a Norristown, Pa. hotel, about 300 miles away from their homes in Allegheny County. The trial was moved from Allegheny County to Norristown because of concerns about pretrial publicity.
The 79-year-old comedian faces 10 years in prison if he is convicted of plying Andrea Constandt with drugs and sexually assaulting her in 2004. The former Temple University women’s basketball coach is among 10 women who accuse the television mogul of rape.
In riveting testimony Constand claimed Cosby gave her three blue pills that made her feel dizzy. She said she passed out and when she awakened her clothes were in disarray.
But Cosby denied giving Constand a date rape drug. He said he only wanted to make her “feel comfortable” so he gave her Benadryl.
“I wanted her to be comfortable and relaxed and be able to go to sleep after our necking session,” Cosby said in an earlier deposition.
Cosby’s defense rested on Monday after calling only one witness to testify on Cosby’s behalf. The defense later claimed they had a witness who was not permitted to testify.
In a sign of confidence, Cosby shouted his Fat Albert phrase “Hey, hey, hey!” when departing the courthouse on Tuesday.
Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby accompanied her husband to court on Monday. She has remained loyal to the Cosby Show star throughout his legal ordeal.
In minor related news, the White House confirmed Cosby will not be stripped of his Presidential Medal of Freedom.