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Bill Cosby files appeal against sex assault conviction over testimony from other accusers

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Bill Cosby has filed an appeal against his sex assault conviction over claims the judge allowed testimony from other accusers that were not relevant to the case. 

Cosby’s lawyers say the accounts from the five other women were “strikingly dissimilar” to that of trial accuser Andrea Constand.

They also say the accounts were too remote in time, compared to Ms Constand’s 2004 encounter with Cosby. 

The appeal, launched on Tuesday, comes after Pennsylvania Judge Steven O’Neill said in a post-trial memo that their testimony showed “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime. 

Cosby, 81, was jailed in September at a state prison near Philadelphia. 

The appeal also challenges O’Neill’s decisions to air Cosby’s prior deposition testimony about Quaalude use.

They are also objecting the judge’s decision to preside over the case despite an alleged feud with a pretrial witness.

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