Bill Cosby To Be Sentenced On Sexual Assault Charges This Week

Bill Cosby To Be Sentenced On Sexual Assault Charges This Week

Darren Sullivan
September 24, 2018

Bill Cosby is about to face sentencing.

Cosby is due in court for a two-day sentencing hearing beginning on Monday, where Judge Steven O'Neill will decide his fate at the Montgomery county courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. But he says he won't let other accusers take the stand. Given his advanced age and health issues, it's likely that Cosby's legal team will argue for a lesser sentence.

Victoria Valentino, 75, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in Los Angeles in 1969, said that the group hope he is sentenced to at least two years and one day in jail. The Herald has reported that Cosby's conviction for these sex crimes is sufficient for MA authorities to require him to register here if he spends four days in one month or 14 days in a year in the Bay State.

"Mr Cosby should not be treated differently because he is a celebrity", she said.

The comedian's arrest in 2015 predated #MeToo, but after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in June 2017, the subsequent 2018 retrial may have been influenced by the social movement. The hearings will also determine whether Cosby is designated a sexually violent predator.

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Cosby and his wife, Camille, have spent much of the past four decades living on their secluded, wooded estate along the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls in western MA. "No "grudge", animus, bias or prejudice can be claimed because it simply does not exist", he wrote.

Former Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004. However, he was released on $1 million bail with strict conditions that he remains at home till his sentencing.

The court documents, obtained by the site, however, did specify that the prosecutor's request to include additional women who did not testify at the trial was denied.

Some are now calling Cosby's conviction a "milestone" for #MeToo because men have long walked away from sexual abuse allegations with impunity, though allegations against the comedian predated the movement.