Cosby camp: Once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that the star’s conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault stem from a racist and sexist justice system.

Cosby is vowing to appeal his conviction as the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. He is serving time at a state prison in Montgomery County after his sentencing there Tuesday.

Judge Steven O’Neill has presided over the case for nearly three years. He says Cosby remains a potential danger to socity even though he is 81 and infirm. The judge says Cosby could still drug people to override their lack of consent to sexual activity.

Defense lawyers had argued that Cosby be sentenced to home confinement over the 2004 assault.

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., after being sentenced to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., after being sentenced to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Bill Cosby is escorted into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., after being sentenced to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

This image provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)

This image provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)

This image provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)

Accuser Andrea Constand reacts at a news conference after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Accuser Andrea Constand reacts at a news conference after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Accuser Andrea Constand reacts at a news conference after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Accuser Andrea Constand, left, reacts at a news conference with prosecutor Kristen Feden after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Accuser Andrea Constand, left, reacts at a news conference with prosecutor Kristen Feden after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Accuser Andrea Constand, left, reacts at a news conference with prosecutor Kristen Feden after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino, left, and friend Lisa Talmadge react after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino, left, and friend Lisa Talmadge react after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino, left, and friend Lisa Talmadge react after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino, left, and friend Lisa Talmadge react after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino, left, and friend Lisa Talmadge react after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino, left, and friend Lisa Talmadge react after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Stacey Pinkerton, left and Chelan Lasha embrace during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Stacey Pinkerton, left and Chelan Lasha embrace during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Stacey Pinkerton, left and Chelan Lasha embrace during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Attorney Gloria Allred, left, comforts Chelan Lasha as she speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Attorney Gloria Allred, left, comforts Chelan Lasha as she speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Attorney Gloria Allred, left, comforts Chelan Lasha as she speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sunni Welles speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sunni Welles speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sunni Welles speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa., after Bill Cosby was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bill Cosby accusers Andrea Constand, second from right, and Janice Dickinson, right, embrace after Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. In April, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his gated estate in 2004 after being barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accusers Andrea Constand, second from right, and Janice Dickinson, right, embrace after Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. In April, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his gated estate in 2004 after being barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Bill Cosby accusers Andrea Constand, second from right, and Janice Dickinson, right, embrace after Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. In April, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his gated estate in 2004 after being barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

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