Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

Bill Cosby faced the start of a sentencing hearing Monday at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more.

At a retrial in April, the 81-year-old actor was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

Bill Cosby has just arrived at the Philly courthouse where he will be sentenced in his sexual assault case. and he was greeted by angry screams.

His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, which observers say could push the case up to Pennsylvania's highest court and take several years.

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

But Cosby's conviction has given hope to many survivors, particularly those whose abuse occurred too long ago to pursue criminal charges, according to Rebecca O'Connor, vice president of public policy at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). The distinction would subject Cosby to lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and community notification.

Lasha said she prays he gets a 30-year-sentence.

But prosecutors are expected to paint him as a serial and unrepentant sexual predator, who has never admitted wrongdoing.

Cosby and his legal team have shown that they want to mitigate the amount of damage being done to his reputation, starting with the classification of him as a "sexually violent predator".

The order leaves open the possibility that prosecutors could call some of the five women the judge had previously allowed to testify at the April trial about their accusations.

"I feel like I'm dreaming", Lili Bernard, who has accused Cosby of assault, said after the verdict.

But behind the scenes, according to testimony, the married star sought out sexual encounters with young women, including actresses he offered to mentor, models seeking a part on his shows, and flight attendants he met in his travels.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Lublin, Lasha and Constand have done.

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