Bill Cosby in court for sexual assault sentencing, capping downfall

Bill Cosby in court for sexual assault sentencing, capping downfall

Bill Cosby in court for sexual assault sentencing, capping downfall

The felony counts were connected to a 2004 incident between Cosby and former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home.

The designation comes with strict requirements, including monthly counseling and registration as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life.

Being now ruled as a sexually violent predator, Bill Cosby name will now appear in sex-offender registry which will be further circulated to schools, victims and in textbooks.

Cosby must spend at least three years in a Pennsylvania prison before he becomes eligible for supervised release, though he could end up behind bars for up to a decade.

After Foley made his "predator" ruling, Cosby politely told the judge that he waived allocution, a defendant's formal statement to the court and listened to the conditions of his registration as a sex offender, curtly responding to confirm whether he understood.

On Monday, a prosecution expert said Cosby should be labeled a "sexually violent predator" because he has a mental disorder that involves urges toward nonconsenting women. Cosby declined to participate in the evaluation by Dudley, who said she came to her determination by reviewing trial transcripts and other reports.

Andrew Wyatt spoke to reporters outside a Norristown courtroom where he called anyone who has anything bad to say about Cosby a "joke". And during the two-day hearing, a psychologist for the state argued that Cosby would likely re-offend if given the opportunity. The first jury in the case deadlocked in 2017.

Bill Cosby doesn't plan to make a statement in court before he's sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of five to 10 years, while Cosby's attorneys argued that would be too severe because of his poor health.

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Cosby was also fined $34,445.

Ahead of the sentencing, Constand wrote a five-page letter to the court explaining how Cosby's assault - and the ensuing legal battle - had changed her life.

Montgomery Count District Attorney Kevin Steele reportedly dismissed this argument out of hand on Monday.

The judge in the Bill Cosby case has gone to his chambers to weigh the comedian's punishment for a 2004 sexual assault.

He said: "He was good at hiding this for a long time".

Once a towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture and the first black actor to grace primetime United States television, he brought no character witnesses, declined to address the court or emphasize past years of philanthropic work as mitigating circumstances in his favour.

Prosecutors near Philadelphia want a judge to sentence the 81-year-old to five to 10 years in prison.

Constand took to the witness stand for just a few minutes during the proceedings, but submitted a lengthy victim impact statement asking for "justice as the court sees fit". He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

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