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For Bill Cosby and chief accuser, a day of reckoning arrives

25 September 2018

Ahead of Cosby's sentencing, the judge ruled him to be a "sexually violent predator", meaning he must constantly keep authorities aware of his whereabouts, should he ever see life outside of prison.

Meanwhile, Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern".

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that "extraordinary display of disrespect" was evidence of "who this convicted criminal defendant actually is".

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Toronto-based Constand and other women have done.

Throughout the nearly two-day sentencing, the prosecution reiterated Cosby's crimes and what they call his "predatory" nature: "He violated Ms. Constand's trust, which, unbeknownst to her, he spent time and energy cultivating with the specific intent of having sexual contact with her".

Constand said she thought the pills were herbal remedies for stress and was stunned and confused when they caused her words to slur, her vision to blur and her legs to turn rubbery, she testified.

Cosby's lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby, who is legally blind and walks with a cane, is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison.

Cosby's convictions stem from the assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach whom he is said to have drugged and molested in 2004 inside his Philadelphia home.

"He shows no remorse whatsoever".

Prosecutors had asked for the maximum prison sentence of between five and 10 years, citing the nature of Cosby's crime as well as his alleged history of misconduct.

Cosby's side didn't call any character witnesses, and his wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court.

Cosby is now free on US$1-million bail until he's sentenced, which is expected to happen Tuesday.

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said, as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse. Cosby's defence lawyers asked for house arrest.

The 81-year-old, once beloved as "America's Dad", is the first celebrity convicted and sentenced for a sex crime since the downfall of Harvey Weinstein ushered in the #MeToo movement and America's reckoning with sexual harassment. "So it's taken a long time to get there", District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

In her victim statement, Andrea wrote, "Bill Cosby took my lovely, healthy young spirit and crushed it".

"He was good at hiding this for a long time". ". Now, nearly 15 years later, I'm a middle aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or move forward".

Cosby's victim, Andrea Constand, testified briefly on Monday. Later, when the judge said Cosby would have to register an a SVP, she silently did a double first pump.

The decision is ultimately up to O'Neill, who oversaw Cosby's 2018 retrial, as well as his mistrial a year earlier that ended in a hung jury.

Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.

For Bill Cosby and chief accuser, a day of reckoning arrives