Cosby’s attorneys have argued that he only answered deposition questions because Bruce Castor, the district attorney at the time, promised to never bring a criminal case based on the allegations.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said they were “extremely thankful” to the court for agreeing to review the appeal and linked Cosby’s plight to the ongoing protests against systemic racism in the justice system.
“America and the world is witnessing the 23rd day of protests regarding the abuse and murder of Black people, not just at the hands of corrupt police officers; but these extremely vital and important protests are exposing the corruption that lies within the criminal justice system (District Attorneys & Judges),” he said in a statement.
“As we have all stated, the false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him — it’s about the destruction of ALL Black people and people of color in America.”
Convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault
The criminal case centered on a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who told police about the assault in 2005. Prosecutors initially declined to press charges, and Constand and Cosby settled the case in civil court a year later.
But a decade later, dozens of women came forward to say Cosby similarly drugged and sexually assaulted them over his years as a powerful media figure. Constand’s was the only one of those allegations that occurred within the statute of limitations.
A new team of prosecutors took up the case and, relying on Constand’s and Cosby’s statements in the civil deposition, arrested him in December 2015.
In an interview from prison last November, he said he doesn’t expect to show remorse at a parole hearing.
CNN’s Taylor Romine and Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.