Bill Cosby has filed another appeal of against his conviction on sexual assault charges, arguing that five of his accusers should’ve never been allowed to testify in his second trial.
The funnyman-turned-felon is currently serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
The 348-page appeal filed by his lawyers, Kristen Weisenberger, Brian Perry and Sarah Kelly-Kilgore in Pennsylvania Superior Court, claims his “conviction was not based on any credible evidence that he actually committed the crimes for which he was on trial.”
They take issue with the fact that Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill allowed testimony from five of his alleged victims, who told jurors the comedian plied them with pills before sexually assaulting them.
Cosby’s lawyers called their testimony “inflammatory evidence with no probative value to the actual crimes charged.”
“The evidence was used to strip Cosby of his presumption of innocence and to try to establish that Cosby had the propensity to sexually assault women,” they said. “This evidence never should have been admitted at trial.”
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the appeal “an important step in ensuring that Mr. Cosby receives a hearing from a fair and impartial court.”