DAY TWO OF COSBY SENTENCING SET FOR TODAY
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – It is a day of reckoning for Bill Cosby. Before the day’s out, we could see the man once known as “America’s Dad” led out of court in handcuffs to finish out his days behind bars. A judge in Norristown, Pennsylvania is primed to decide today how long Cosby will serve – and where he will serve his sentence. Steven O’Neill must choose whether Cosby will be held as a violent sexual predator – or released to probation or house arrest. Cosby was convicted in April of drugging and molesting former Temple University basketball official Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. Constand spoke for about 2 minutes at yesterday’s first day of the sentencing hearing. She said, “The jury heard me. Mr. Cosby heard me. Now all I am asking for is justice as the court sees fit.” Cosby will get to address the court before he’s sentenced today.
PROSECUTORS CALL FOR COSBY TO BE IMPRISONED
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A hardened criminal who’d repeat his actions if given a chance – or an aging, sightless man who must depend on others to get around. Those are the two visions of Bill Cosby put before the judge in Norristown, Pennsylvania who will decide the comedian’s fate today. Prosecutors told Judge Steven O’Neill that Cosby must be given between five and 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman – and shouldn’t be cut any slack. They say he should also be punished for letting his reps shame and bully women who went public with complaints that dated back decades. The defense notes that Cosby is 81, has failing eyesight – and is too feeble to do prison time. They want to see him get house arrest – like he current is under – for his sentence.
COSBY TRIES TO COMBAT “PREDATOR” STATUS
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Before he’s sentenced today, Bill Cosby’s legal team will try to convince a Pennsylvania judge not to brand the comedian a sexually violent predator. The court heard from a state expert who says the 81-year-old comedian fits the criteria for such a designation. Psychologist Kristen Dudley testified yesterday that Cosby shows signs of a mental disorder that gives people an uncontrollable urge to violate helpless woman. A psychologist for the comedian will testify before the court today.
MICHAEL WEATHERLY – CBS
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Weatherly acknowledges being on a CBS show these days is “a complicated place to be.” He says on the one hand, he owes much of his career to programmers at the network, including Les Moonves, who was let go in a sexual harassment scandal. He says his history with CBS makes it hard for him to comment on the Moonves case. Weatherly played Anthony DiNozzo on “NCIS” from its premiere in 2003 until 2016. After that, he moved on to do his own CBS series, “Bull.”
NBC ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION CHIEF LEAVING
NEW YORK (AP) – The revolving door has turned at NBC – with one top honcho leaving and being replaced by two. Robert Greenblatt is out. He ran NBC’s entertainment division for nearly eight years – helping it rebound to become the nation’s second-most popular network. Greenblatt will be replaced by two execs; George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy have been named co-chairs of NBC Entertainment. Greenblatt will be remembered for his efforts to bring live musicals to TV. Under his direction, NBC aired “The Sound of Music” and last year’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” concert.
“WILD BUNCH” RETURNING
NEW YORK (AP) – Mel Gibson will have a big hand in the remake of the classic western “The Wild Bunch.” He will co-write and direct the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 movie. Warner Bros. confirms Gibson has been attached to the project. It will be his first time directing since his 2016 World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” That film earned Gibson a nomination for the Oscar for best directing.
DISNEY TICKET PRISES RISE
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will vary under a new online planning tool being rolled out. Disney officials say prices at the resort’s four theme parks will be tweaked so they’re the same, instead of the Magic Kingdom having a higher price. Disney introduced flexible pricing at U.S. parks three years ago as an incentive for guests to visit during less busy times. Under the new plan, prices will be based on the day they’re used. Single-day tickets will range from $109 to $129. The new pricing program begins Oct. 16.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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