Bill Cosby will be back in a Norristown, Pennsylvania, court Monday (Sept. 24) for sentencing on his conviction of sexual assault. Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby for the abuse in 2005, but the case did not move forward until 11 years later in 2016, after more than 40 other women spoke out with their own allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby.
The case involving Constand, a Canadian former basketball player and Temple University employee turned massage therapist, was the only one that happened recently enough to prosecute. 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.
It had remained unclear whether or not fellow Cosby accusers Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker Kinney, supermodel Janice Dickinson and Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin would be allowed to make victim impact statements in addition to Constand prior to Cosby's sentencing.
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Cosby, once the beloved star of the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show", eventually faced accusations from some 60 women stretching back decades, some of which had always been known but previously failed to gain traction. But when prosecutors 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.
As of yesterday, Cosby was not listed on the state's sex offender registry. Prosecutors hoped to call some of his other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison. The hearings will also determine whether Cosby is designated a sexually violent predator.
Some women who initially wanted to speak at the trial will not as it will slow down the process.
"I really think it's important that he spend some time behind bars", Lublin told the AP. "At some point, he should acknowledge what he's done, and do the time for the crime".