Bill Cosby has been granted the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The 82-year-old comedian and actor has spent nearly two years behind bars in Montgomery County after he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review to aspects of the case:
- The judge’s decision to allow prosecutors to call five other accusers to testify about their alleged encounters with Bill Cosby and whether or not the jury should have been allowed to heard evidence of Bill allegedly giving other women quaaludes in the past.
- Bill Cosby’s argument that he had an agreement with a former prosecutor that he would never be charged in this case. That agreement is the only reason why Bill agreed to testify in Andrea Constand’s civil lawsuit trial.
Cosby’s attorneys also challenged his classification as a sexually violent predator subject to a lifetime of supervision.
Andrea took to social media and released a statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision:
I respectfully ask the Supreme Court of PA to consider the enormous prospect of putting my perpetrator back into the community after being labeled a convicted sexually violent predator who has shown no remorse for his actions. While everyone deserves for their cries and appeals to be heard, even convicted criminals, if anyone’s cries matter most right now, it’s the women who have lifted their voices and selflessly put themselves in harm’s way, such as the prior bad act witnesses in my case. They are the true heroes.
Read her full statement below:
Source: CBS Philly