In court papers released Tuesday, a judge says disgraced TV icon Bill Cosby used a “signature” pattern in his alleged sexual assaults, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
Cosby, who has called himself a “political prisoner,” is currently serving a sentence of three to ten years in Pennsylvania’s maximum security prison SCI Phoenix.
“Pennsylvania Judge Steven O’Neill had to file a written response to defend why he allowed five accusers who weren’t part of the criminal case against the fallen star to testify, since Cosby’s defense has appealed the 81-year-old’s conviction partly based on the move,” The Post reports. “O’Neill, of the Montgomery County, Pa., Court of Common Pleas, wrote that he allowed the accusers to testify because there were ‘striking similarities’ between their accounts of sexual assault at the hands of ‘America’s Dad.’”
Comparing allegations by Andrea Constand, the woman involved in Cosby’s criminal case, with those of the other women, O’Neill wrote: “In each instance, the Defendant met a substantially younger woman, gained her trust, invited her to a place where he was alone with her, provided her a drink or drug and sexually assaulted her once she was rendered incapacitated.”
He added: “The defendant’s actions were so distinctive as to become a signature. The striking similarities between the assaults alleged by each woman were not confined to insignificant details.”