Bill Cosby has won the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to review two aspects of the case that Cosby is challenging — the judge’s decision to allow prosecutors to call five other accusers and to introduce evidence that he’d given women Quaaludes in the past.
The 82-year-old is serving a three- to 10-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 during a second trial.
Constand’s testimony was bolstered the second time around by the five accusers, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, who each recalled how Cosby plied them with pills before sexually assaulting them.
Jurors also heard evidence that Cosby doled out the powerful sedative known as Quaaludes to women before having sex with them. He made the admissions in depositions taken in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand’s civil lawsuit.
The jury in Cosby’s first trial in 2017 deadlocked after six days of deliberations.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine an agreement from a decade ago that Cosby had with former Philadelphia District Attorney Bruce Castor. The deal granted Cosby immunity from prosecution. The fallen funnyman said he relied on that promise before agreeing to the deposition.
With Post wires