Cosby: 'Predator' Label Will Hurt My Reputation

Defense lawyers say it would also hurt disgraced comedian's relationship with his grandkids
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2018 9:55 AM CDT
Bill Cosby Fights 'Excessive' Predator Label
Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., on April 23, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Bill Cosby isn't about to lie down and be labeled a "sexually violent predator." In a motion filed Monday, lawyers for the convicted rapist say the label recommended by Pennsylvania's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board—which comes with a lifelong requirement to register as a sex offender, if confirmed by a judge—"is by any measure excessive when applied to an 81-year-old blind man" and would "punish, shame, and control" the comedian and flout his constitutional rights, report BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post.

Cosby's legal team argues the label—legally defined as someone with "a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses"—would hurt Cosby's reputation and his relationship with his grandkids, as unsupervised contact with minors wouldn't be allowed. Lawyers say that'd be unfair considering "no misconduct regarding children has ever been alleged." It's unclear when a judge will decide on the label. Cosby faces up to 30 years for rape at his Sept. 24 sentencing. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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