Gloria Allred slammed Bill Cosby’s efforts to stop more women who claim he sexually assaulted them from testifying at his sentencing, telling RadarOnline.com exclusively that he should “stop trying to silence” them.
“I am not surprised that Mr. Cosby’s criminal defense attorney filed his opposition today to the prosecution’s motion to allow accusers of Bill Cosby (other than the victim Andrea Constand) to be heard at the sentencing of Mr. Cosby on September 24 and 25, 2018,” Allred told Radar after the news broke about Cosby’s latest legal efforts in his conviction sentencing.
Allred, who represented three of the women who testified against Cosby in his recent trial, explained to Radar why more women should be allowed to speak about their experiences with the disgraced television star.
“Mr. Cosby’s lawyers also opposed allowing other accusers to testify at the trial. The court ruled against Mr. Cosby at that time and allowed five prior bad act witnesses to testify. Now, Mr. Cosby’s lawyer seeks to prevent those brave witnesses who testified under oath and any other accuser from being heard at the sentencing.”
Allred told Radar why she hoped the women would be allowed to speak.
“I do think that accusers should be heard at the sentencing and that their statements are relevant to the sentencing decision. The court has a right to consider if the release of Mr. Cosby into the community on probation might present a danger to the community and the statements of other accusers are relevant on that issue.”
Allred issued a warning to Cosby days before the sentencing phase of his trial was scheduled to begin.
“Mr. Cosby and his lawyer should stop trying to silence persons who allege that they are victims of Mr. Cosby. We look forward to the court’s decision on this important issue.”
More than 50 women came forward and claimed Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them. He was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
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