Cosby sentencing reveals generational divide over his legacy

Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

In 2004, He was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.

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.

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.

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. Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby for the abuse in 2005, but the case did not move forward until 11 years later in 2016, after more than 40 other women spoke out with their own allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby.

Constand, who had gotten to know Cosby when she was managing the women's basketball team at Temple University, testified that the TV star gave her three blue pills, which caused her to pass out.

Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other industries.

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

Alternatively, all three counts may be merged into a single term of up to 10 years. That would make him subject to lifetime counseling and community notification.

The former entertainer - once known for his starring role on The Cosby Show - has never admitted guilt.

As it stands, Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison. "The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs". Neighbors and schools will be warned he is living nearby.

The order leaves open the possibility that prosecutors could call some of the five women the judge had previously allowed to testify at the April trial about their accusations.

"I really think it's important that he spend some time behind bars", Lublin told the AP.

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