Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement

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Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.

On Thursday, Montgomery County Judge Stephen O'Neill denied a prosecution request to allow other accusers to testify as evidence of Cosby's alleged "uncharged criminal acts".

More than 60 other women accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year show business career.

On Monday, Bill Cosby will be sentenced for his conviction on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging Andrea Constand before he sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby and his lawyers are expected to heatedly contest that designation, claiming it's unconstitutional.

State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said.

Cosby's case could set an example for the consequences of sexual assault in contemporary Hollywood in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Anticipation inside and outside a Pennsylvania courthouse was growing Monday morning as Bill Cosby arrived for sentencing as the first major celebrity convicted in the #MeToo era for sexually abusing a woman.

Since the April verdicts, Cosby has not been permitted to leave his Pennsylvania home. According to RAINN, the population reporting the second-highest rate of rape and assault is prisoners, with 80,600 people victimized each year while incarcerated.

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Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counseling the rest of his life, in prison or out.

"The judge knows a ton about Mr. Cosby whether or not the D.A. puts on a single witness", Filler said.

This avoids a repeat of the trial of ex-Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who faced testimony from more than 100 women during his sentencing hearing.

O'Neill has refused to allow additional Cosby accusers to give statements at his sentencing, although it is not clear if the five others who testified at trial will in fact appear.

While some will be disappointed not to voice their accusations in court, experts say it could remove a lengthy part of the trail and speed up the hearing.

Cosby is in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom Monday for the start of his sentencing hearing.

When the first trial ended in a deadlock in June 2017, the defense attacked the judge and prosecutor from the courthouse steps.

The former "Cosby Show" star was convicted in April following a retrial.