Two women who say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby are calling for the comedian to receive jail time this week at this sentencing hearing for sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
The two women and their attorney, Gloria Allred, spoke out during a news conference Sunday in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I think he needs to pay for what he’s done to everyone,” said Chelan Lasha, who testified at Cosby’s criminal trial, saying the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1986.
“He’s committed a crime and everyone’s responsible for their actions, and at some point he’s got to take responsibility,” added Lise-Lotte Lublin, who also provided testimony at Cosby’s trial, alleging that he drugged and assaulted her in 1989.
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On April 26, a Pennsylvania jury found The Cosby Show star guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand.
The verdict was handed down after Cosby’s first trial ended with a hung jury.
Constand, a former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, told jurors Cosby gave her three blue pills that left her unable to move when she visited his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Cosby, 81, faces a maximum of 10 years in state prison for each of the three counts. However, state sentencing rules could allow him to walk away with house arrest or probation, instead of receiving a 30-year sentence.
The judge will likely take the comedian’s advanced age and his health into consideration when handing down the sentence. Cosby will be the first celebrity sentenced in the #MeToo era.
Dozens of other women have accused Cosby of rape or sexual assault, often after drugging their drinks. Constand’s case went to trial because the statute of limitations on the crime had not yet expired.