Bill Cosby declared 'sexually violent predator' ahead of sentencing

Lewis Collier
September 26, 2018

Bill Cosby arrived in court on Tuesday to learn whether he will go to prison for sexual assault as his sentencing hearing in a Pennsylvania courtroom concludes, capping a remarkable fall from grace for the comedian once known as "America's Dad". If so, Cosby will have to undergo monthly counselling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life, rather than for just 10 years.

The 81-year-old, who entertained TV audiences for years as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", was convicted in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand.

Constand said in a written statement that the comedian "took my lovely healthy young spirit and crushed it". She added, "The psychological, emotional and financial bullying included a slander campaign in the media that left my entire family reeling in shock and disbelief". "The sight of the man who drugged and sexually assaulted me coming into the basketball office filled me with dread".

Cosby faced a sentence of anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. The Constand case was the only allegation that led to criminal charges. He says the comedian's lawyers wouldn't let him discuss certain matters, including the sexual assault that led to his conviction or his admission that he gave quaaludes to women before sex.

A prosecutor says Bill Cosby has been "unmasked" as a predator now that he's been convicted and sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

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State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told reporters in the afternoon that the entertainer was in "great, great" spirits.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

She said she first met Cosby in 2002, when she served as director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. "Unfortunately, all we can do is hold the perpetrator accountable", said Gianna Constand, the victim's mother, who testified Monday that her daughter's buoyant personality was forever changed after the attack. Cosby didn't testify at either of his two trials. That's certainly the message his lawyers struggled to convey for weeks in an effort to convince the court to tag Cosby with house arrest - a sentence that's not so bad when you've done well for yourself.

Day 2 also saw a psychologist, who was an expert witness for the defense, testify as to whether Cosby should be labeled a "sexually violent predator".

The fallen funnyman returned to court in Suburban Philadelphia with a small smile on his face despite his impending punishment and the gloomy weather Tuesday morning.

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