Bill Cosby has been released from prison after his charges were dropped due to an “unfair trial.”
The 83-year-old Cosby, was charged in late 2015, when a prosecutor armed with newly unsealed evidence
He has served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia.
He had vowed to serve all 10 years rather than acknowledge any remorse over the 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand.
BREAKING: Bill Cosby is asked how it feels to be home following release from prison earlier today.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 30, 2021
‘I HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINED MY INNOCENCE’ – Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby tweeted after being released from prison.
“I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence,” he said.
“Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law,” he went on, adding the hashtag “#BillCosby”.
He tweeted a photo of him with his fist raised – a common symbol of Black pride and solidarity.
I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence.
Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law. #BillCosby pic.twitter.com/bxELvJWDe5
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 30, 2021
There’s been mixed reaction to his release following one of the most publicized trial in the last decade, also one topic on every second comedian.
— John Connolly (@johnmconnollyjr) June 30, 2021
Former co-star Phylicia Reshad says she is relieved that Cosby is finally free and calls the whole trial on him a ‘miscarriage of justice’.
FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected! pic.twitter.com/NrGUdwr23c
— Phylicia Rashad (@PhyliciaRashad) June 30, 2021
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) June 30, 2021
Pennsylvania court saw “Free B_______Y” and was like okay got it https://t.co/YQIJzOxMt1
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 30, 2021
THIS is why women do not come forward.https://t.co/6WXe4UmWXt
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) June 30, 2021