Bill Cosby‘s bid to overturn his rape conviction has been denied, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is the second time the 81-year-old’s recusal motion has been denied, the first time was in late-March before the retrial took place. His sentencing will take place next week.
“And now this 19th day of September, 2018, upon consideration of the Defendant’s Motion for Disclosure, Recusal and For Reconsideration of Recusal, and supporting Memorandum of Law, filed September 11, 2018, and the Commonwealth’s Response thereto, filed September 13, 2018, it is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that the Motion is DENIED in its entirety,” wrote Judge Stephen O’Neill on Wednesday.
“This Court simply has no bias against any witness called by the defense or the Defendant himself,” O’Neill continued. “This Court finds no merit in any of the bases alleged by the Defendant and the Court will not recuse itself.”
In April, the disgraced comedian was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault during a highly-publicized retrial. Andrea Constand and more than 60 other women have come forward and accused the formerly beloved actor of sexual assaulting or drugging them. He claims that his encounters with some of the accusers, including Constand, were “consensual.” Cosby’s criminal charges carry a maximum of 30 years behind bars.