PENNSYLVANIA: Cosby was found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in 2004 after giving her unidentified pills.
Pennsylvania’s highest court has on Wednesday overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction and ordered that he be released from prison immediately.
The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came after Cosby had served more than two years of a potential three- to 10-year sentence, following his 2018 conviction.
The court found that a previous prosecutor had made a deal with Cosby not to charge him in the case.
The comedian and actor was best known for his role as the lovable husband and father in the 1980s television comedy series “The Cosby Show,” earning him the nickname “America’s Dad.”
“In light of these circumstances, the subsequent decision by successor D.A.s to prosecute Cosby violated Cosby’s due process rights,” the judges wrote.
But his family-friendly reputation was shattered after dozens of women accused him of sexual assault over a period of decades. His conviction was widely seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement that brought forth an array of allegations against powerful men in Hollywood and beyond.
“I want to thank the Supreme Court who saw the light and saw the truth,” Cosby’s family said in a statement released by their press representative, Andrew Wyatt.
Wyatt said Cosby will be released Wednesday and he was at the prison to pick him up and take him to his Pennsylvania home.
“Mr. Cosby was originally given a deal by Bruce Castor in which he was granted immunity. He gave up his fifth amendment rights in hopes that he would get back to work, back to life. And he always showed up for any legal matters and questions on his own accord. Charges should never have been brought against Mr. Cosby,” the statement said.
“I want to thank the attorneys who successfully argued his appeal and especially Mrs. Cosby who stood strong and was here for Mr. Cosby every step of the way and supported every idea and strategy from the attorneys and the team and she always knew that Mr. Cosby was innocent.”
Cosby was found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in 2004 after giving her unidentified pills.