Bill Cosby believes that a court labeling him a sexually violent predator before his sentencing for rape would damage his reputation, BuzzFeed News reports.
Cosby’s legal team filed a motion in Pennsylvania on Monday claiming that if their client were to be labeled a predator before his Sept. 24 sentencing that it would violate his state constitutional right that protects an individual’s reputation.
In July, the Montgomery County district attorney called for Cosby to be declared a sexually violent predator, something his legal team said was “excessive when applied to an 81-year-old blind man,” per BuzzFeed News.
His defense team also argued that the branding would ruin his familial relationships with his kids and grandchildren since “no misconduct regarding children has ever been alleged.”
In April, the octogenarian was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault for drugging and raping Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004.
Cosby faces a maximum sentence of 30 years and if declared a sexual predator would have to register as a sex offender with the Pennsylvania State Police, go to sex offender counseling for the rest of his life, according to BuzzFeed News.
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