Bill Cosby, accuser in court for start of sentencing

Rosalie Gross
September 24, 2018

"Mr. Cosby has been engaging in this behavior for 30 years", Dudley told Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill ahead of Cosby's sentencing.

The 81-year-old entertainer was convicted in April of drugging and molesting former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The sentencing hearing is set for two days and will begin Monday in Montgomery County.

Prosecutors had hoped to have some of the other accusers address the court at sentencing to paint Cosby as a serial sexual predator deserving of prison.

The two-day sentencing hearing will begin with testimony about Cosby's sex offender evaluation and whether he should be deemed a sexually violent predator.

Kristen Dudley, a Pennsylvania state board psychologist, testified that Cosby has an uncontrollable urge to violate young women and would probably commit another offense if given the chance. One of those outside the courthouse waiting for Cosby was a frequent protester Bird Milliken, who came with an effigy of Cosby in a shopping cart with a bright pink sign around the neck, reading, "America's First #MeToo Conviction", followed by the words.

Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the start of the MeToo movement, the reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other industries. Or O'Neill could give him less than a year and let him serve some or all of the time on home confinement, typically with an ankle monitor, or probation.

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The sentencing hearing, which could extend into Tuesday, could also feature testimony and victim impact statements from women, including Constand, who have accused Cosby of assault.

"The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs", he said.

Bill Cosby has arrived at court to face the prospect of spending the rest of his life in jail for drugging and molesting a woman.

Some women who initially wanted to speak at the trial will not as it will slow down the process. He has watched the Cosby team's attacks on the court system intensify, and grow more personal, as the stakes grew.

Lublin and former model Janice Dickinson - another Cosby accuser - were among those in the courtroom Monday. Judge O'Neill has had authority over the case for three years, after police arrested Cosby in December 2015 as well as during his trial in 2017 which ended in gridlock.

Cosby refused to cooperate, which he was rightfully allowed to do, so Dudley said she relied on transcripts from both of his criminal trials.

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