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UPDATE: Bill Cosby is staying put in prison. Though the actor's legal team sought to overturn his conviction back in October 2018, a Pennsylvania court officially denied his bid on Tuesday and affirmed his conviction for three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
According to NBC News, his lawyers' main argument was that Cosby's five accusers and their testimonies were "strikingly different" to that of Andrea Constand. However, the state's Superior Court ultimately ruled, among other things, that Judge Steven O'Neill was correct in letting everyone share their accounts.
"There were multiple prior sexual assaults, not merely one, and all of those prior assaults evidenced the same, signature pattern of misconduct," the appeals court said.
"When are we, the people of the United States of America, going to end the acceptance of overall corruptions? I can assure you that our personal battle against clear, racist, incestuous vindictiveness, within the Pennsylvania criminal justice systems, is not over," Bill's husband Camille Cosby later said in a statement. "Reform is a soft word; the action word, 'purging,' is what needs to be done."
It's been less than two weeks since Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault. Now, the 81-year-old actor is trying to avoid time behind bars.
According to NBC News, Cosby's lawyers have asked a Pennsylvania court to overturn his conviction, arguing there were flaws in Cosby's case. Per the news outlet, the legal team claimed Judge Steven O'Neill was mistaken to label Cosby a sexually violent predator. They reportedly alleged the judge improperly factored in trial testimonies from other accusers. In addition, the defense reportedly challenged the state's sex offender laws and claimed an audio recording of a 2005 conversation between Cosby and the mother of accuser Andrea Constand, which was played for jurors, was not authentic.