Comedian Bill Cosby appeals conviction over testimony from other women accusers

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Confident of success, Bill Cosby, who is currently locked up in a single cell in Pennsylvania prison over sexual harassment case, filed a lengthy appeal on Tuesday of the sex assault conviction that landed him in prison.

Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault, Sept. 25, 2018.

Cosby says the judge allowed testimony from other women accusers that wasn’t relevant.

Through his lawyers, Cosby said that statements from the five other women were “strikingly dissimilar” to that of trial accuser Andrea Constand and too remote in time to her 2004 encounter with Cosby.

The comedian’s appeal comes after Pennsylvania Judge Steven O’Neill in a post-trial memo said their testimony showed “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime.

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The appeal also challenges O’Neill’s decisions to air Cosby’s prior deposition testimony about Quaalude use and to preside despite an alleged feud with a pretrial witness.

The 81-year-old actor was sentenced three to 10 years in prison, Tuesday Sep 25, 2018.


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