(Reuters) – Lawyers for Bill Cosby on Thursday asked the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear his appeal of his 2018 sexual assault conviction, a month after a lower court rejected their argument that the disgraced comedian did not get a fair trial.
Cosby, who played a beloved father figure on the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show,” had been found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
With the verdict, Cosby became the first celebrity to be convicted in the #MeToo era.
The Pennsylvania court is not obligated to take up the appeal, a copy of which was provided by Cosby’s spokesman.
In the petition, his lawyers argue that Cosby was unfairly convicted by a jury after a judge allowed multiple women, in addition to Constand, to testify that Cosby had sexually assaulted them as well.
“The trial court’s overriding concern should have been to ensure a fair proceeding on…
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