Largely on hold while his criminal case unfolded, the suits from 10 women who say he also sexually assaulted them will now proceed in Massachusetts and California.
The photographer Mark Makela documented Mr. Cosby’s nearly three-year journey to prison.
Bill Cosby’s publicist also drew a comparison to accusations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the nominee to the Supreme Court.
As news of Bill Cosby’s prison sentence spread, accusers and others reacted to the verdict.
Before Bill Cosby’s sentencing, the woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting wrote to the court, “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.”
Mr. Cosby was sentenced to serve three to 10 years for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand. He has said he will appeal the conviction.
She said Mr. Cosby, 81, had a personality disorder that drove him to seek sex with nonconsenting partners, a depiction that the defense challenged.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill allowed five other women to testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, but no additional accusers will speak at the sentencing.
Mr. Cosby’s lawyer said the judge should have disclosed a prior conflict with a witness, but the judge said the assertion was “without merit.”