Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

Judge rules Bill Cosby will not face accusers at sentencing

More than 60 other women have accused Cosby of sexual assaults dating back decades.

While the judge's decision bars any other accusers from testifying next week, his Thursday ruling gave prosecutors 24 hours to clarify whether or not they intend to have Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson, or Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin give statements at the sentencing.

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. Constand's accusation was the only one to result in prosecution.

The 81-year-old Cosby's potential sentence ranges from the 30-year maximum term to probation.

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The court documents, obtained by the site, however, did specify that the prosecutor's request to include additional women who did not testify at the trial was denied. Judge O'Neill agreed and wrote that that in an "exhaustive review" of state case law, there was no need to consider "uncharged conduct" at the sentencing.

Constand has maintained that Cosby raped her. Prosecutors brought in five women to testify who have brought claims against Cosby similar to Constand's.

Montgomery County, Pa., District Attorney Kevin Steele, was ordered by the judge to inform him of his intentions about the issue by Friday.

Crosby became the first celebrity convicted of a sex crime since the emergence of the #MeToo movement past year, in which scores of powerful men in entertainment and politics have been brought down by accusations of sexual misconduct.



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