Bill Cosby Granted Right to Appeal Sexual Assault Conviction

Bill Cosby in Court (Credit: YouTube)

Bill Cosby has been granted the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The 82-year-old comedian and actor has served nearly two years of his three to 10-year prison sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home.

As part of the appeal, the state’s Supreme Court will review various aspects of Cosby’s trial, including whether testimony from Cosby about his use of quaaludes from a previous separate civil case should have been permissible. Additionally, the high court will determine whether testimony from five other Cosby accusers should’ve been allowed in the criminal case.

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In response to the court’s decision, Constand released a statement on Twitter: “While everyone deserves 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 have selflessly put themselves in harm’s way, such as prior bad act witnesses in my case.”

In a statement Tuesday, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt maintained his client’s innocence and thanked the high court for granting The Cosby Show star an appeal.

“We’re extremely thankful to the State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for agreeing to review Mr. Cosby’s appeal,” Wyatt said.