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Bill Cosby led away in cuffs after being jailed

Television actor Bill Cosby has been jailed for up to a decade for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
Judge Steven O'Neill sentenced the 81-year-old comedian to three to 10 years behind bars and fined him $25,000 (€19,000) in a Pennsylvania courtroom.
He told Cosby, who is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison, that he was not entitled to bail while he appeals against his conviction.After sentencing, Cosby was led away from court in handcuffs and taken to jail.Prosecutors had been seeking a term of five to 10 years in prison. Cosby's defence lawyers asked for house arrest.The former Cosby Show star, who was known to millions as "America's Dad", was convicted in April of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home 14 years ago.
Bill Cosby led away in cuffs after being jailed

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Cosby's accuser Andrea Constand (in grey jacket) pictured after sentencing
More than 60 women have made similar allegations.The comedian did not make a statement in court.He sat back in his chair, with his head on the headrest as the sentence was read."It is time for justice. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come," Judge O'Neill said.He quoted from Ms Constand's own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it".The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" and will have to have monthly counselling for the rest of his life.It also means that neighbours and schools will be notified of his whereabouts.
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