The disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is going to be released from prison after a court overturned his sexual assault conviction on Wednesday.
Cosby, 83, has spent more than two years serving out a three- to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction, ruling that an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
The ruling has made it so that Cosby can never be retried in this case. Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist, told ABC News that he will be picking up the comedian from prison within the next few hours.
Despite being accused by dozens of women of drugging and raping them, Cosby has always maintained his innocence and refused to take any kind of plea deal in the Constant case. Cosby was last denied parole last month.
“We knew he was going to be rejected. He called me and told me that if he didn’t take the course, he would be denied,” Wyatt said at the time, referring to the fact that Cosby failed to complete a treatment program in prison.
Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby has stood by his side throughout everything, and has publicly blasted the over sixty women who have accused her husband of sexual misconduct.
“The #MeToo movement and movements like them have intentional ignorance pertaining to the history of particular white women — not all white women — but particular white women, who have from the very beginning, pertaining to the enslavement of African people, accused black males of sexual assault without any proof whatsoever, no proof, anywhere on the face of the earth,” she said last year.
“And by ignoring that history, they have put out a lie in itself and that is, ‘Because I’m female, I’m telling the truth.’ Well history disproves that, as well, and gender has never, ever equated with truth. So, they need to clean up their acts. And it’s all of us as women who have not participated anything nefarious — we know how women can lie. We know how they can do the same things that men do — that some men do — because there are good men and bad men. There are good women and bad women.”