Bill Cosby is facing prison time as he is sentenced this week for sexual assault, capping a stunning fall from grace for a man who was once one of America's most popular entertainers.
The sentencing, which is expected to span two days, remains scheduled for September 24.
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.
Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby will return to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. However, a smaller jail stint, house arrest and probation are also on the table for the embattled former comedian. The Herald has reported that Cosby's conviction for these sex crimes is sufficient for MA authorities to require him to register here if he spends four days in one month or 14 days in a year in the Bay State.
Although five woman have testified during this case, more than 60 women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them, ranging from groping to rape, with many claiming that he also drugged them. Judge O'Neill has had authority over the case for three years, after police arrested Cosby in December 2015 as well as during his trial in 2017 which ended in gridlock.
"[The movement] may have influenced the judge's willingness to allow more witnesses", Orenstein said.
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Cosby is legally blind and uses a cane, something his lawyers are certain to point out along with his achievements and philanthropy.
Lublin said she thinks "it's important that he spend some time behind bars".
Lasha said she was a teenage aspiring actress in 1986 when she lay immobilized and unable to speak as Cosby touched her breast and rubbed himself against her leg.
On Thursday, Montgomery County Judge Stephen O'Neill denied a prosecution request to allow other accusers to testify as evidence of Cosby's alleged "uncharged criminal acts".
Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counselling the rest of his life, in prison or out.