Bill Cosby wins right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction

Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby has been granted the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction.
Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby has been granted the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction.
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Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby has been granted the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

According to NBC News, the ruling, which was made on Tuesday, will see the court hear arguments on whether it was correct for the prosecution’s witnesses to allege that the 82-year-old comedian had also drugged them and if incriminating statements made by the defendants, during a civil lawsuit, should have been used against him in court.

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Cosby has been in jail for nearly two years, serving his three- to 10-year sentence for drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine Cosby’s claim of having an agreement with a former prosecutor that he would never be charged if he agreed to testify in Constand’s 2006 lawsuit, BET reports.

The publication also reported that the comedian’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said Cosby was “extremely thankful” for the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“As we have all stated, the false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him. It’s about the destruction of all black people and people of colour in America,” he reportedly added.