The 81-year-old desgraced Bill Cosby declared convicted sex offender was seen cracking jokes with his team in Montgomery County court, as sheriff’s officers swooped in to take him directly into custody.
Cosby handed over his wallet, tie and watch to authorities before Judge Steven O’Neill ordered him remanded. –
“My reasons for the sentence are the reasons I’m relying on in denying this defendant bail. This is a serious crime he’s been sentenced for,” O’Neill explained in court. “No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or disproportionally,” O’Neill said.
Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt unleashed on the media, judge and prosecutors after the sentence, calling the prosecution “the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” He also said Cosby was doing well because “he knows that these are lies” “They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. (I’m) not saying Mr. Cosby’s Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries,” Wyatt said.
Gloria Allred, the victims’ rights attorney who represents several women who say they were assaulted by Cosby, praised the sentence as a long journey to justice.
“We’re glad that judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby,” she said. “Mr Cosby has shown no remorse and there has been no justice for many of the accusers who were barred from a court by the arbitrary time limits imposed by the statute of limitations.”
Cosby had been free on $1 million bail since his arrest in December 2015.
The courtroom was cleared before Cosby, wearing red suspenders and a white shirt, was cuffed from the front and led out of the courtroom through a hallway. He carried his cane in both hands.
Many of the women w sat with their arms around one another’s shoulders as the sentence was read. When it was clear that Cosby would not be allowed to remain free on bail during his appeal, former supermodel Janice Dickinson pumped her fist from her seat in the second row and was nearly booted from the packed courtroom for loudly laughing during a break in the proceedings. Dickerson had testified during the trial that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.
Andrew Wyatt said. Cosby declined to have his family attend the sentencing hearing because he didn’t want them harassed by the media .He also said that they will file for an appeal.