Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby appeals sexual assault conviction

June 27, 2019

 

Bill Cosby, the disgraced comedian who was convicted of sexually assault by a Pennsylvania jury last year, has appealed the verdict, arguing that five of his accusers should not have been allowed to testify against him.

Cosby's attorneys allege the five women were allowed to testify, even though their accounts of being sexually abused were allegedly "strikingly dissimilar" from the account of Andrea Constand, the accuser whose case against Cosby resulted in his incarceration, according to ABC News.


"This evidence was used to strip Cosby of his presumption of innocence and to try to establish that Cosby had the propensity to sexually assault women. This evidence never should have been admitted at trial," Cosby's appellate attorneys wrote in his appeal.

Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who presided over the trial, acknowledged these complaints in an opinion filed last month on the case.

 

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