Bill Cosby freed after top court overturns sexual assault conviction

Bill Cosby freed after top court overturns sexual assault conviction
Bill Cosby comes outside his home on Wednesday after he was released from prison when his sex assault conviction was overturned. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Daily US Times: Bill Cosby has left jail hours after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

The judges admitted their ruling was unusual and said there had been a “process violation” by the prosecution.

The 83-year-old US comedian served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia.

In 2018, Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand.

He is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show and was once known as “America’s Dad”.

Dozens of women have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault, but he was only tried criminally for the incident against Ms Constand. Cosby’s conviction in 2018 was widely seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement.

In a verdict issued on Wednesday, the highest court of Pennsylvania found there was a “process violation” because Mr Cosby’s lawyers had made an agreement with a previous state prosecutor that he would not be charged in the case.

Mr Cosby appeared frail as he slowly walked to waiting media outside his home, shortly after being released from prison.

He didn’t say anything, instead leaning on his team of lawyers and spokesman Andrew Wyatt to answer questions.

Mr Wyatt said: “On this hot day – this is a hot verdict for us.”

He added: “Mr Cosby has always used his celebrity and his name to uplift women… How could a man who is being watched by the FBI every day be raping and drugging women… especially a black man?”

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