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.
Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison - perhaps for the rest of his days - after being convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The appeals process could take years, however, and the 81-year-old has yet to set foot in a jail cell. But when prosecutors in Montgomery County asked the judge to revoke his bail because, they claimed, he has a private plane, Cosby stood up and yelled, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole", referring to himself.
The stakes surrounding that designation are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public shaming the designation would trigger.
A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied a request by prosecutors to allow additional women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct to tell their stories at his sentencing hearing on a sexual assault conviction.
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Five other accusers, in addition to Constand, were allowed to testify at his second trial. Courts have also debated whether the programs unfairly amount to extra punishment, especially for people convicted of misdemeanors. The state guidelines for someone like Cosby, with no prior convictions, call for about one to four years behind bars.
As of yesterday, Cosby was not listed on the state's sex offender registry.
Defense motions note that the sex offender board's recommendation followed an evaluation by just a single board member, and that the evidence needs only to meet a "clear and convincing" standard.
Cosby plans to appeal against the conviction, and his lawyers will probably argue for leniency considering his age and frail health.
Legal experts believe a "predator" classification would be a legal finding that Cosby accusers could use in their defamation suits, including one involving seven women plaintiffs that's pending in MA. The hearings will also determine whether Cosby is designated a sexually violent predator. "He has a tag now".