NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) – Prosecutors set to defend Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in appeals court next month say the accusations from other women are no coincidence, but “the culmination of a decades-long pattern of behavior.” The 82-year-old comic actor is the first celebrity convicted and sent to prison in the #MeToo era.

He is serving a three-to-10-year prison term for drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

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Cosby’s lawyers are raising a long list of alleged trial errors on appeal. They include the judge’s decision to let five other accusers testify and references to Cosby’s possession of Quaaludes and other drugs.

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Montgomery County prosecutors in a filing late Thursday say the women’s testimony is allowed under Pennsylvania law because it points to a “signature” crime.

Arguments in Cosby’s appeal are set for Aug. 12.

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