Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Judge rules Cosby a 'sexually violent predator'

Bill Cosby deemed a sexually violent predator, judge rules Bill Cosby a 'sexually violent predator', court hears
| 26 September, 2018, 18:27

Criminal charges were finally filed against Cosby in 2015, and he was convicted in April. Foley had met with Cosby, but said he had not read trial records or depositions, and he wasn't aware five other women had testified that they were also assaulted by Cosby.

But what does Cosby's sentence mean?

As the allegations mounted, his career all but collapsed, "Cosby Show" reruns were taken off the air, and one college after another stripped him of his honorary degrees.

Constand's case was the only one that was within the statute of limitations.

His lawyers have already vowed to appeal the conviction. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century. He said Cosby "could quite possibly be a danger to the community".

Cosby broke racial barriers in the entertainment world in the 1960s but later became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be convicted.

Cosby faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison.

"Mr. Cosby is not unsafe", he said.

Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004. About 60 women have accused the man once known as "America's Dad" of sexual misconduct.

The veteran comedian was found guilty in relation to a 2004 sexual assault case.

Bill Cosby is led from the courtroom during a break by his spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the Montgomery County Courthouse, during his sentencing hearing in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Asked if he wanted to address the court with a statement before sentencing, Cosby declined through his lawyers.


Dr. Kristen Dudley, a clinical psychologist and one of the authors of a report on Cosby by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, pushed for the comic to be labeled a sexually violent predator during the hearing. He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders. They argued that Cosby should serve his time on house arrest.

He was also branded a "sexually violent predator" by a Pennsylvania judge for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. - Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on "The Cosby Show" in 1992. "He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others", she wrote in a five-page impact statement.

"All I'm asking for is justice as the court sees fit", she said.

Constand says she now lives alone with her two dogs, "stuck in a holding pattern" as a middle-aged woman because she has trouble trusting people.

"You rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the insane down a couple notches". The defense is fighting the designation.

Born on 12 July 1937 in Philadelphia to a maid and a Navy cook, William Henry Cosby Jr. quickly emerged as the class clown, and joined the Navy after 10th grade, finishing high school by correspondence.

More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse going back decades, with most complaints too old to prosecute.

"This was a serious crime", the judge said during sentencing.

Cosby's wife, Camille, was not present for the sentencing and Bill Cosby did not testify. There was no visible reaction from the disgraced entertainer as he learned his fate.

During his sentencing, Cosby's legal team argued that his age and blindness should be taken into account, and tried to whittle his sentence down from years of jail time to house arrest. A psychologist for the defense countered that Cosby's age made reoffending unlikely.

"I am glad that Bill Cosby was convicted". It was hard to reconcile Cosby's public image - he once dubbed America's Dad for his jovial portrayal of Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" - with the predator many women described.

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