Bill Cosby has been left disappointed after his motion to have his sexual assault conviction overturned was denied by a judge.
According to CNN, the appeal argued the trial court ruled incorrectly in eight decisions, including by allowing five "prior bad acts" witnesses to testify and by reading the jury excerpts from Cosby's civil deposition in which he says he got Quaaludes to give to women.
The court's decision was slammed by both Cosby's attorney and his wife, Camille Cosby.
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for Cosby, released a statement calling the ruling "appalling and disappointing."
"Mr. Cosby remains hopeful and he stands behind his innocence," he said.
"I can assure you that our personal battle against clear, racist, incestuous vindictiveness, within the Pennsylvania criminal justice systems, is not over," Camille said. "Reform is a soft word; the action word, 'purging,' is what needs to be done."
It's unlikely that Cosby will be released before the three to ten-year sentence is up.
In its ruling, the Superior Court affirmed the right of prosecutors to call other accusers to bolster their case — the same issue fought over in movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial, now set for Jan. 6.
“This decision is a reminder that no one is above the law,” Andrea Constand, the victim in Cosby’s case, said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Cosby’s lawyers had complained that the judge had let five women testify at last year’s retrial in suburban Philadelphia, although he had let just one woman testify at the first trial in 2017.
But the Superior Court said their testimony was evidence of Cosby’s “unique sexual assault playbook” and undermined any claim that he “was unaware of or mistaken about victim’s failure to consent.”
The prosecutor who took the case to trial praised Constand for inspiring other victims to come forward against powerful men. She went to police long before the #MeToo movement saw prominent men in entertainment, business, media and other fields brought down over their treatment of women.