UPDATE, 3:30 PM PT: Bill Cosby had nothing to say in entrance of the cameras simply over an hour in the past right this moment after his rape conviction and jail sentence was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. However, the now freed and much-accused actor, or somebody in his camp, simply took to social media to talk out.
In a strident and distinctly heavy handed tweet, the person one praised as “America’s Dad” took a self praising digital victory lap.
I’ve by no means modified my stance nor my story. I’ve at all times maintained my innocence.
Thank you to all my followers, supporters and mates who stood by me via this ordeal. Special because of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of regulation. #BillCosby pic.twitter.com/bxELvJWDe5
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 30, 2021
Noticeably, with an appropriated raised fist, Cosby had nothing to say about Andrea Constand, the Temple University worker he was convicted for the 2004 rape of. Nor did the 83-year previous have something to supply any of the greater than 60 girl who’ve claimed he assaulted or drugged them over the many years – a M.O. that Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition.
Cosby could have been oddly silent at his personal press convention earlier Wednesday, which was primarily monologues from his protection crew. Yet, regardless of the huge unfold media clamor, the actor did communicate briefly off digital camera to CBS Evening News’ Jericka Duncan in his bed room, because the correspondent detailed on tonight’s broadcast:
Bill Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand Calls Overturned Rape Verdict ‘Disappointing’
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Cosby says his overturned sexual assault conviction sends a message around the globe, @Jerickaduncan reviews after she spoke with Cosby inside his dwelling following his launch from jail. pic.twitter.com/nVxJ7JYaAK
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 30, 2021
PREVIOUSLY, 2:07 PM PT: Surrounded by his authorized crew, a frail Bill Cosby had nothing to say right this moment about his sudden launch from incarceration and overturned rape conviction.
With Richard Nixon and James Brown referencing feedback from his long-time spokesman Andrew Wyatt and his legal professionals, the non-remarks by the much-accused man as soon as referred to as “America’s Dad” come mere hours after Cosby walked out of a state jail. Earlier Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated Cosby’s sentence for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand.
In what was billed as a press convention lined on all of the cable information networks and minimize to stay on most different channels, the legally blind Cosby merely smiled as Wyatt claimed “vindication” within the rape case. “On this hot day, this is a hot verdict for us that we will forever cherish because we got one of the greatest, or the greatest entertainer alive today, Mr. Bill Cosby, this great American citizen,” Wyatt exclaimed.
When Cosby was requested instantly the way it felt to be dwelling, the actor stated nothing and one in every of his attorneys responded “he is extremely happy to be home.” The lawyer went on so as to add, “it’s really a blessing for him. He says his heart is just beating really fast.”
Pivoting on a technicality, the opinion by a majority of justices on the Keystone State’s high courtroom basically said that the present D.A of Philadelphia adjoining Montgomery County had no standing to prosecute Cosby as a result of the earlier DA made a casual deal to not pursue felony costs in opposition to actor in 2005. As District Attorney Kevin Steele stated in a press release right this moment, Cosby “was found guilty by a jury and now goes free on a procedural issue that is irrelevant to the facts of the crime.”
Back in 2005, then D.A. Bruce Castor’s promise to Cosby not press costs over the assault on Constand finally led to a multi-million-dollar settlement with the basketball coach in a civil motion. Republican Castor, who was one of many legal professionals defending Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial earlier this yr, misplaced a reelection bid to Democrat Steele in 2015. Up in opposition to Pennsylvania’s elongated statute of limitations, Steele’s workplace arrest Cosby later that very yr.
Cosby admitted in a 2005 depositions to giving Constand a number of Benadryl capsules on the evening of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004. Still The Cosby Show creator has insisted via varied investigations, two trials and the sentencing listening to that the encounter was completely consensual.
Automatically a free man after the opinion was launched, the 83-year previous Cosby exited Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at Phoenix right this moment after serving simply over two years of what may very well be an sentence of as much as 10 years, as designated by Judge Steven O’Neill in 2018. The beautiful opinion strips Cosby of his violent sexual predator label and just about stops any future efforts to deliver the actor again to courtroom. With stature of limitations restrictions as properly, the one avenue for enchantment could be on the U.S. Supreme Court – a transfer that Steele’s workplace has given no indication they’re even contemplating.
Denied parole as recently as a month ago, Cosby’s battle in opposition to the conviction even failed to get early release due to the coronavirus, the comic lastly secured a lifeline in June final yr when Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court agreed to listen to his enchantment on the rape conviction.
Previously unsuccessful throughout varied state jurisdictions to have O’Neill dismissed, the judgment reversed and to get out of jail, Cosby had taken throughout his incarceration to portraying himself as a de facto political prisoner and the victim of a “set-up.” When the now-incarcerated Harvey Weinstein was discovered responsible in early 2020 on a number of intercourse crime costs, Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt put out a press release saying it was a “sad day in the American judicial system … that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men.”
However, greater than 60 girls have claimed that Cosby drugged and assaulted them over the many years with a cocktail of capsules and alcohol. A lot of these girls have been among the many onlookers on the two trials and the sentencing listening to within the fall of 2018. Also Judge O’Neill permitted D.A. Steele to have 5 different accusers, together with ex-America’s Next Top Model choose Janice Dickinson, take the stand within the second trial and inform their tales of being assaulted by Cosby.