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dateline: 26 September 2018

Bill Cosby Sentenced to Prison

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • sentence: to assign a punishment for a crime (e.g., jail time)
  • sitcom: a comedy TV series
  • assault: attack
  • board of trustees: an organization’s governing body
  • misconduct: inappropriate or illegal behaviour
  • registry: an official list of people belonging to a certain group

Bill Cosby Sentenced to Prison

Bill Cosby, often to as the “American Dad” for his role in the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, has been sentenced to 3-10 years in a state prison. The actor was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University. Bill Cosby was on Temple’s board of trustees in 2004 when the attack took place at his home. At least other women have to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct, including supermodel Janice Dickinson who was in for the sentencing. Bill Cosby is now listed on America’s sexual assault registry.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Bill Cosby?
  2. What was he charged with and what was his sentencing?
  3. What official registry is this actor now on?

Discussion Questions

Do you think more sexual assault victims will feel empowered to come forward due to this conviction? Should Cosby’s Hollywood star be removed from the Walk of Fame?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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