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Bill Cosby arrives alone in court for sentencing and SMILES as he waves to a crowd of protestors

Bill Cosby arrived in court on Monday to start his sentencing hearing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The disgraced actor, 81, was not joined by his wife Camille or any other family members as he made his way into the courtroom accompanied by only his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt and publicist Ebonee Benson.

Cosby, who was declared a sexually violent predator by the state’s sex-offender board, appeared to be carefree and in high spirits despite the occasion, and at one point smiled and then pointed and waved at a crowd of protesters outside the court. 

He is facing 30 years in prison after he was found guilty on three counts of aggravated incident assault, though it is likely he would serve the sentences for all three counts concurrently. 

At his current age, almost any sentence will likely be be tantamount to life in prison.

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Cosby had been under house arrest at his estate in nearby Elkins Park ever since a jury found him guilty of drugging and molesting Constand in 2004, while she was an employee at Temple University at the time.

He was also been outfitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet and may only leave his home to victim his lawyer or doctor.

Ahead of his sentencing, Cosby was examined by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, who declared him to a sexually violent predator.

This will be discussed in court on Monday, with Cosby’s latest legal team ready to fight back on that classification. 

The five other women who testified at Cosby’s trial will not deliver victim impact statements it was decided, though they were granted permission to speak.

Janice Dickinson, Janice Baker-Kinney, Lise-Lotte Lublin, Heidi Thomas and Chelan Lash all testified on behalf of the prosecution, who had hoped to have over 50 of the actor’s accusers take the stand during the sentencing hearing.

Constand testified in court that Cosby gave her wine and pills and then sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

‘I got scared,’ Constand told police of the alleged assault. ‘I had no strength in my legs. They felt rubbery and like jelly. I felt spacey. Everything was blurry or dizzy. I had no thought to call 911.’

She later told police: ‘I told him, “I can’t even talk, Mr. Cosby.” I started to panic.’

Constand claims she arrived at Cosby’s home on the night in question and was greeted by the actor, who was wearing a sweatsuit.

The two spoke about Constand’s future, and she told Cosby she was feeling ‘drained’ and ’emotionally occupied.’

That is when Cosby allegedly went upstairs and returned with three blue pills. telling Constand: ‘These will make you feel good. The blue things will take the edge off.’

Constand claims she then asked if the pills were herbal, to which Cosby replied: ‘Yes. Down them. Put ’em down. Put them in your mouth.’

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Cosby then told Constand to have some wine, and soon after she began to have trouble speaking and seeing.

Cosby then allegedly told her to lie down on the couch, and soon after, according to the affidavit of probable hearing, was ‘fondling her breasts, put his hands into her pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers’.

He also allegedly took her hand and placed it on his erect penis.

Constand claims she woke up hours later around 4am and realized her bra was undone and above her breasts and that her sweater was bunched up.

As she made her way to the door she claims Cosby was standing there in a robe and holding a muffin, which he handed to her as she left while saying: ‘Alright.’

Constand, the former director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team and a one time college basketball star herself, launched a legal suit against Cosby, a man she called her ‘mentor’, in March 2005.

She said she first met Cosby, a Temple alum, in November 2002 and the pair became friends and she was a frequent guest at dinner parties at his home.

The case against him emerged just days before Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitation deadline for pressing charges was about to run out and despite a previous DA declining to charge Cosby a decade ago.

Cosby previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand.

The criminal complaint alleges that on the night in question Cosby told Constand to take three blue pills that left her feeling weak and then led her to a sofa where the assault took place.

When she woke up the next morning he gave her the muffin and sent her home.