Bill Cosby faces good chance of being sent to prison Tuesday

Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse Monday Sept. 24 2018 in Norristown Pa

Cosby, 81, was the first celebrity to go on trial following the #MeToo movement, and could be the first to go to prison. O'Neil last week denied the motion, calling it untimely and "wholly without merit", court records show. Mr. Cosby heard me.

Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault in April after a jury heard allegations from Andrea Constand. Convicts typically use the opportunity, before a sentence is handed down, to beg for mercy. His wife of over 50 years, Camille, was noticeably absent. Monday's hearing drew a number of the other accusers as well as Constand, who was seated in the front row of the packed courtroom.

Green, Cosby's attorney, asked for a sentence of house arrest and said Cosby was not a danger to anyone.

Thank you for signing up for the STL Morning Rush Newsletter. Cosby declined to participate in the evaluation by Dudley, who said she came to her determination by reviewing trial transcripts and other reports. He must serve the minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole.

While some will be disappointed not to voice their accusations in court, experts say it could remove a lengthy part of the trail and speed up the hearing.

Several of the Cosby accusers who were in Pennsylvania for the trial have returned, including Lili Bernard and Therese Serignese. It is his fame and his fortune and his phony philanthropy that has allowed him to get away with impunity. He says the sentence should send the message to others that "nobody's above the law".

Cosby arrived at court just after 9:20 a.m.in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to receive his sentencing.

If Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill agrees with prosecutors' recommendation to label him a predator under state law, Cosby would face more onerous reporting requirements, including monthly counselling and registration as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life.

Prosecutors asked a U.S. court on Monday to sentence Cosby to 5-10 years for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, saying he had shown "no remorse" for his actions, CNN reported.

Constand's parents and sister testified, recalling how traumatic her ordeal at the hands of Cosby had been for the entire family. Cosby's lawyers are trying to keep him out of prison, calling it an "excessive hardship".

The sentencing of Bill Cosby is underway, and the disgraced comedian will face one of his accusers during the process. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison.

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Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of NY, credited Cosby's accusers with helping pave the way for the #MeToo movement.

Her mother, Gianna Constand, said she "lost the ability to trust anybody" as a result of the assault and her father, Andy Constand, said the attack affected their whole family.

In a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, 45, said that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt.

"Your honor, I have testified", Constand said.

Sixty women have accused the former TV star of sexual assault.

Many of Cosby's alleged victims planned to meet ahead of the sentencing to go to the courtroom together today.

She also wrote of Cosby: "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over".

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.

"We're glad that judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby", she said.

Only after that will O'Neill impose his punishment, making Cosby the first celebrity sentenced for a sex crime since the 2017 downfall of Harvey Weinstein ushered in a USA watershed on sexual harassment.

What he saw in Andrea the first time he laid eyes on her. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century, hitting his peak in the 1980s with the top-rated "Cosby Show" as the warm, wisecracking dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

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