Cosby arrives for start of sentencing hearing

Camille Cosby

Camille Cosby

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.

The actor and comedian was found guilty of the sexual assault of Andrea Constand at a retrial in April of this year, but won't be sentenced until at some point this week, potentially on Monday. That dynamic is on display in the controversy surrounding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Tuerkheimer said, with Kavanaugh and his allies denying allegations from a woman that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

In June of 2017, Constand described an incident in which Cosby gave her a pill that left her physically frozen, saying: "I wasn't able to fight it in any way".

That Cosby's sentencing coming is as the same week as Ford's testimony before the Senate is certainly a coincidence.

When the comedian, once known as "America's Dad", is sentenced to what could be up to 10 years in prison this week for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, it will be perhaps the starkest evidence yet that the #MeToo movement has permanently altered the way the country reckons with sexual misconduct by powerful men.

There is no mandatory minimum for the convictions. He faces a sentence of probation up to 30 years in prison. He can only leave his home with prior permission, to meet his lawyers or get medical treatment. According to NBC News, "Cosby's lawyers opposed the request for additional accusers to testify at the sentencing hearing". If that happens, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter timeframe decided by a judge.

The once beloved star of the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show" has seen his family-friendly reputation destroyed by allegations of sexual abuse from more than 50 women going back decades.

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

Five other accusers, in addition to Constand, were allowed to testify at his second trial.

"[#MeToo] may have influenced the judge's willingness to allow more witnesses", Aviva Orenstein, a law professor at Indiana University told Reuters.

It is possible, however, that the women who appeared at the trial will testify again at sentencing.

Nassar has now been given at least 300 years in jail for his crimes.

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