Bill Cosby loses appeal after sexual assault conviction
Cosby may serve the remainder of his three – to 10-year sentence.
“This decision is a reminder that no one is above the law,” Andrea Constand, the victim in Cosby’s case, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The US comedian, who is serving a three and a half year jail sentence, on Tuesday, lost his appeal against his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago.
Bill Cosby had appealed to Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, which issued a 94-page ruling upholding his conviction. He could now take his case to the state’s Supreme Court.
Cosby’s lawyers challenged Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision to air Cosby’s deposition from a related lawsuit during the trial.
The appeals court upheld the guilty verdict, as well as Cosby’s classification as a sexually violent predator. That distinction will subject him to lifetime supervision.
Cosby will likely take his appeal to the Supreme Court in the future. Until then, Cosby will serve the remainder of his three- to 10-year sentence.
The 82-year-old, who shattered racial barriers with his role as a dad and doctor on the hit TV series “The Cosby Show,” (1984-1992), was found guilty in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion.