Bill Cosby will find out his sentence this week

Lydia FlemingSep 24, 2018

A two day-sentencing hearing begins Monday in Montgomery County. Now, the 81-year-old comedian has arrived in court to be sentenced for his crimes, which could see him on probation, house arrest or thrown in prison.

Some are now calling Cosby's conviction a "milestone" for #MeToo because men have long walked away from sexual abuse allegations with impunity, though allegations against the comedian predated the movement.

Cosby, once the beloved star of the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show", eventually faced accusations from some 60 women stretching back decades, some of which had always been known but previously failed to gain traction.

Several of the Cosby accusers who were in Pennsylvania for the trial have returned, including Lili Bernard and Therese Serignese.

The stunning outburst marked a stark contrast from Cosby's relatively quiet public profile in recent years.

The comic actor was convicted back in April and is facing at least 30 years behind bars for aggravated indecent assault on Andrea Constand.

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Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counseling the rest of his life, in prison or out.

According to The Guardian, it is rumoured that Cosby plans to appeal against the conviction, with his lawyers expected to argue for leniency, considering his age, his health, and the fact that he is legally blind. The distinction would subject Cosby to lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and community notification.

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. The judge who oversaw both trials, Steven O'Neill, allowed prosecutors to call five additional accusers to tell their stories at the second proceeding, bolstering Constand's account.

This avoids a repeat of the trial of ex-Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who faced testimony from more than 100 women during his sentencing hearing.

Cosby also could address the court in an "allocution", Delano said.

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