Bill Cosby was accused of molesting a basketball administrator Andrea Constand of the Temple University more than a decade ago. Cosby was labeled a "sexually violent predator", will be placed on the sex-offender registry, and has to undergo lifetime counseling and must report quarterly to authorities. They had also asked the judge to levy a $US25,000 ($35,000) fine on Cosby and make him pay court costs.
However, Cosby's defense attorney, Joseph P. Green, asked for a sentence of house arrest, citing Cosby's advanced age and blindness.
All of the women told stories that were markedly similar to Ms Constand's: Cosby would offer to be their mentor before plying them with alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulting them.
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The comedian - who is legally blind and uses a cane - removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt and red suspenders, his hands cuffed in front of him. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.
But social media also was rife with comparisons between Cosby and President Trump, disgraced NBC host Matt Lauer, accused former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and others accused of sexual assault or sexual improprieties but not convicted. He is the first celebrity to be convicted since the emergence previous year of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has ended the careers of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.
Several of Cosby's victims arrived to court for the sentencing, including supermodel Janice Dickinson. The defense wants Cosby sent home on house arrest.
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Afterwards, the crowd chanted his name with "crazy scenes" (according to Rose) of celebration rarely seen at a golf event. Only when he was on the green, the last one to putt after Rory McIlroy tapped in for birdie, did it start to sink in.
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Green rejected the prosecution's contention that Cosby should be considered unsafe, saying he couldn't recall any instance in which an 81-year-old, blind defendant had been sent to state prison.
Prosecutors released Constand's five-page letter to the judge in which she described the impact of Cosby's assault.
He declined to testify in court or produce any witnesses to emphasise past years of philanthropic work as mitigating circumstances in his favour.
"To say that he's too old to do that - to say that he should get a pass, because it's taken this long to catch up to what he's done?"
The spokesman further added: 'I'm not saying Mr Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.
"You said words to the effect that, 'For 30 years, I didn't know I had been raped, ' " said Cosby attorney Thomas Mesereau during cross-examination.
The once-beloved actor and comedian, dubbed "America's Dad" for his role on the "Cosby Show", faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison. His once family-friendly reputation, sparked by his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s sitcom,"The Cosby Show", eclipsed by the slew of allegations.