American Comedian Bill Cosby was released from prison on Wednesday after his major conviction on sexual assault charges were surprisingly overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest court. The decision to overturn Cosby’s conviction is considered highly controversial. Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesman, said: “This is the justice Mr Cosby has been fighting for. They saw the light. He was given a deal and he had immunity. He should have never been charged.” Prosecutor Kevin Steele said in a statement that Mr Cosby “was found guilty by a jury and now goes free on a procedural issue that is irrelevant to the facts of the crime”.
Why was Bill Cosby sent to Prison
In 2018 Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand. After a high-profile trial, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of felony indecent assault and sentenced to three to ten years in prison.
Constand said that Cosby, who had been a mentor-like figure to her for several years by this point, drugged and molested her at his home in 2004.
She first reported the assault in 2005 but former state prosecutor Bruce Castor declined to press criminal charges.
Constand launched a civil case instead, suing the comedian for sexual battery and defamation, which resulted in a settlement and confidentiality agreement in 2006.
By 2015 many more women had made similar allegations against Cosby, however many could not lead to prosecution as too long much time had passed since the alleged incidents.