Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Bill Cosby is a 'sexually violent predator', judge rules

Bill Cosby is a 'sexually violent predator', judge rules

The classification handed down by Judge Steven O'Neil means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counselling and report quarterly to authorities.

Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to give the comedian five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison.

In the letter, Constand said she couldn't talk, eat, sleep or socialize after Cosby assaulted her back in 2004 at his home.

Cosby, 81, cemented his family-friendly reputation playing the mischievous but lovable Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show".

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said, as demonstrators gathered outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse.

Timothy P. Foley, a licensed psychologist who met with Cosby, testified for the defense on Tuesday that sex offense recidivism becomes "almost negligible" for people over the age of 70. Mr. Cosby heard me. The woman he attacked, Andrea Constand, says she's had to cope with years of pain, anxiety and self-doubt. "All I am asking for is justice as the court sees fit".

After testifying for several hours at two trials, the first of which ended in a hung jury, Constand spoke in court Monday for just two minutes.

That has since been eclipsed by his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. The jury heard me.

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On Monday, Foley testified that given Cosby's 30-year penchant for "non-consenting women", she was unable to say whether or not he was done preying on women.

Defense attorney Joseph Green started the second day of Cosby's sentencing hearing by getting a psychologist for the state to acknowledge it's possible Cosby is in "full remission" from a psychological disorder she says gives him the uncontrollable urge to assault women. A judge must decide whether to classify Cosby as a "sexually violent predator", which would make him subject to mandatory lifetime counseling and community notification.

Cosby is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to go on trial, and the first to be convicted. But in April, when prosecutors claimed he had a private plane and asked the judge to revoke his bail, Cosby stood up in court and yelled, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole", referring to himself in the third person.

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".

Cosby's lawyers asked for house arrest rather than prison time, arguing that incarceration would be overly punitive given his age and physical condition. Steele said, his voice rising.

Monday's proceedings took place as another extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than three decades ago.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Toronto-based Constand and other women have done. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.

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