According to a new court ruling, Bill Cosby won’t have to face his litany of accusers during his upcoming sentencing. Prosecutors working for Montgomery County asked the presiding judge, Steven O’Neill, if he would hear the testimony from other accusers.
However, on Thursday, Steven denied that request, adding that he wasn’t allowed to give weight to uncharged conduct in his sentencing process, explaining that there is no precedent for such a practice.
As you may know, approximately 80 women have accused Bill Cosby of some kind of sexual misconduct, with the allegations ranging from sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
Previously, the court convicted him on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for his drugging of Andrea Constand in 2004. Each conviction has a 10-year maximum sentence, but Mr. Cosby can serve them concurrently.
The former supermodel, Janice Dickinson, was one of five women who took the stand to tell her story. Prosecutors used her testimony as a way of suggesting Cosby’s behavior was habitual, rather than just one isolated incident.
The judge’s decision prohibits any other accusers from giving a testimony, but it’s possible they may be allowed to give a statement at the end of his sentencing. The judge is allowing Cosby and Andrea to give a statement as well.
Cosby’s next court date is on the 24th of September, Monday, and is expected to last two days, in total. As it was previously reported, women’s rights activists, the accusers, and many people in the general public were thrilled with the guilty verdict.
According to reports, Bill stood up in court and accused the district attorney of being an “a*shole.” Bill’s wife, Camille, claimed that Bill’s conviction was a result of a “trial-by-media,” rather than a legitimate act of justice and a fair hearing.