NORRISTOWN, Pa. (PM) — Comedian Bill Cosby has recorded an extremely lengthy appeal of the sex assault conviction that found him in prison and maintains the judge permitted deposition from other female accusers that weren’t relevant.
Cosby’s attorneys state the accounts from the five other women were “strikingly dissimilar” to that of main accuser Andrea Constand and too removed in time to her 2004 encounter with Cosby.
The petition Tuesday occurs after Pennsylvania Judge Steven O’Neill in a post-trial memo declared their testimony presented “chilling similarities” that steered to a “signature” crime.
The 81-year-old Cosby has been serving a three-to-10-year prison term since September at a Pennsylvania state prison near Philadelphia.
The appeal also disputes O’Neill’s judgments to display Cosby’s previous deposition about Quaalude use and to preside over the case despite an alleged dispute with a pretrial witness.