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Bill Cosby Loses Appeal Of Sexual Assault Conviction

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges in May at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby will remain in prison for sexual assault, after the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed his conviction for three counts of aggravated indecent assault Tuesday. Cosby is currently serving a sentence of three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Bill Cosby has lost his appeal of a Pennsylvania court's decision that led to a prison sentence of three to 10 years.
/ Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP
Bill Cosby has lost his appeal of a Pennsylvania court's decision that led to a prison sentence of three to 10 years.

A jury found Cosby guilty in April 2018, and he was sentenced in September of that year. During the trial, Constand, who was working for the women's basketball team at Temple University when she met the famous entertainer, testified that while Cosby had initially been a mentor to her, he became a sexual predator who gave her drugs before assaulting her.

More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. During the trial, the court heard from five witnesses — Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson and Lise-Lotte Lublin — who said they had encounters with Cosby that were very similar to Constand's. They accused Cosby of drugging them and assaulting them. Cosby sought to overturn his conviction and prison sentence on a number of legal points, asking the Superior Court to review questions such as:

  • Whether the lower court should have allowed the five women to testify;
  • Whether the complaint should have been dismissed based on a 2005 agreement with a prosecutor;
  • Whether details from Cosby's deposition about his possession and distribution of quaaludes to women in the 1970s should have been allowed;
  • The Superior Court rejected Cosby's assertions, laying out its reasoning in a 94-page opinion that backed the lower court's handling of the case, from the decision to allow evidence of prior bad acts to the way the judge impaneled and instructed the jury.

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