Bill Cosby Arrives to Court Before Sentencing, Faces Up to 30 Years

Bill Cosby Arrives to Court Before Sentencing, Faces Up to 30 Years

Bill Cosby Arrives to Court Before Sentencing, Faces Up to 30 Years

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

Testimony during the two-day hearing could be essential to the verdict of the case, however it is unclear whether the five woman who have testified will be permitted to speak.

Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine the punishment for the 81-year-old comedian convicted of sexual assault. According to NBC News, "Cosby's lawyers opposed the request for additional accusers to testify at the sentencing hearing".

State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said.

Not far away in the gallery sat Constand and a group of other Cosby accusers, chatting and hugging one another during recess in an upbeat nearly triumphant mood.

Cosby's case could set an example for the consequences of sexual assault in contemporary Hollywood in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Attorney, Gloria Allred, centre, with her clients aned Bill Cosby accusers, Chelan Lasha, left and Lise-Lotte Lublin.

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. However, a smaller jail stint, house arrest and probation are also on the table for the embattled former comedian.

But when prosecutors in Montgomery County asked the judge to revoke his bail because, they claimed, he has a private plane, Cosby stood up and yelled, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole", referring to himself.

Valentino said of the women who have high hopes for the verdict of the trial that they pray it could mean that future generations of women won't have to face this type of treatment.

"The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs", he said. The then-model said Cosby prodded her to take two drinks to relax.

Outside the court in Norristown, a protester carrying a sign saying "perseverance to all survivors" and a Cosby effigy placed in a shopping cart shouted for an end to the statute of limitations on rape as he arrived.

The former "Cosby Show" star was convicted in April following a retrial.

Lawyer Samuel Stretton, who often represents Pennsylvania judges in disciplinary hearings, called O'Neill an even-keeled professional who "understands human nature".

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