Washington: The wife of convicted American comedian Bill Cosby, Camille, is standing strong by her husband’s side as she blasted the trial court judge for being ‘biased’ and turning down the former’s appeal for a new trial.
On Tuesday, Montgomery County Court Judge Steven O’Neill in his verdict pronounced that the 81-year-old comedian will now have to present his request for an appeal at a higher court. Furthermore, Bill will now have a 30-day period to file a direct appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
A day after Cosby lost his attempt at an appeal; the comedian’s wife released a statement blaming the judge for overseeing her husband’s case.
In the statement issued on Wednesday, Camille said that her husband’s proceedings were loosely dealt with when O’ Neill and former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor were involved in a political feud.
Referring to Castor’s 2005 verdict to not charge her husband in accordance with the accuser Andrea Constand who alleged that the comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted her, Camille said that the “unethical judge” O’ Neil had announced prison term for her husband for a sexual assault charge which the former DA said was not called for.
She even blamed O’Neill of denying Bill the right to bring in Castor to vouch for him. Camille’s statement includes an affidavit from the former DA Castor, where he revealed that O’Neill was biased in his judgement, as Bill happened to have exposed an alleged extramarital affair O’ Neill had around 20 years ago.
She added that it is her effort to set her husband free from the charges that were levelled against him.
It’s been a month that Cosby has been serving his prison sentence at the State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Pennsylvania.
Cosby’s sentence came after a lengthy trial where he faced accusations from former Temple University employee Andrea Constand and was eventually found guilty. He was found to have drugged and raped her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Since then, multiple women came forward against “The Cosby Show” star.
The first part of the hearings focused on the prosecution’s efforts to label Cosby as a sexually violent predator.
Cosby’s trial was heralded as the first major celebrity trial of the #MeToo movement, and the first to result in a conviction.