Bill Cosby’s fall ripples through the #MeToo movement

Bill Cosby is going to prison — the final stage in a precipitous fall from grace for a once revered actor and comedian, but also perhaps the first step in holding high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct accountable in the era of #MeToo.

“It is time for justice,” Judge Steven T. O’Neill said on Tuesday in sentencing Cosby, 81, to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, then women’s basketball administrator at Temple University, in 2004.

Once regarded as “America’s dad” as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable in “The Cosby Show,” Cosby left court a convicted sex offender and “sexually violent predator,” as deemed by the judge.

The conviction and sentence are “major ground gains in the territorial battle that is the MeToo struggle,” said

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