WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Bill Cosby is a sexually violent predator, a Pennsylvania court judge has ruled, meaning he will be listed on the sex offender’s registry.
- Cosby is convicted and faces 30 years imprisonment for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand inside his home in 2004.
- Camille Cosby, the comedian’s wife, condemns Steven T. O’Neill, asserting that the judge is too biased to give a fair sentence to her husband.
Bill Cosby arrived Monday morning at Pennsylvania courthouse ahead of his two-day verdict trial that will establish the period of time he’s going to spend in jail for sexual assault.
The once revered comedian was convicted and faces up to 30 years in prison for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand inside his home in 2004. The hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown is anticipated to start with testimony regarding whether he should be categorized as a sexually violent predator.
Cosby, 81, was sentenced to three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April. Constand, who formerly heads the women’s basketball operations at Temple University, is among the over 60 women who accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.
Hours before the hearing started, Constand posted a Bible verse in twitter: “Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity.”
In 2017, Cosby’s first trial ended up a mistrial before he was sentenced guilty by a jury earlier this year.
Earlier this month, Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby, condemned the judge of the case, asserting that Steven T. O’Neill is very biased and will not sentence her husband fairly. She declared O’Neill had bad blood with former Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor, who did not arraign Cosby more than 10 years ago.
“Bill Cosby was not afforded an impartial judge and he did not receive a fair trial. Instead, my husband was forced to go to trial before a judge, Steven T. O’Neill, who had a bitter, longstanding feud with one of the key witnesses in the case, Bruce Castor,” Camille recounted.
Cosby’s two-day hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania started Monday with a debate over the sexually violent predator label.