Bill Cosby breaks his silence after sex assault conviction overturned and freed from jail – Mirror.co.uk

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Bill Cosby took to Twitter to speak out for the first time since his release from prison and told his fans that he had “always maintained my innocence” despite the conviction

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Bill Cosby has spoke out for the first time since leaving prison after having his sex assault conviction overturned on Wednesday.

Cosby reacted to his release by declaring his innocence and thanking his fans in a tweet.

“I have never changed my stance nor my story,” Cosby wrote.

“I have always maintained my innocence.”

He added: “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.”

Cosby had served more than two years of his prison sentence in which he was originally due to serve three to 10 years in a state prison in Shippack, Pennsylvania.

However, the Philadelphia Supreme Court decided on Wednesday that the 83-year-old’s 2018 sex assault conviction should be removed.

The star is believed to have left the prison in a white car on Wednesday evening and he was later spotted giving a peace sign to the cameras.

He was helped out of his car by two men and one woman. They also provided aide to get him into his home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

The men looked elated as they hugged while waiting for Cosby.

The actor wore a short-sleeved purple shirt with a pair of blue jeans as the group helped the frail-looking Cosby into his home.

And after his release, Cosby appeared outside of his home to celebrate being free from prison.

At the time, Cosby chose not to speak, but his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean issued a short statement saying: “We are thrilled to have Mr Cosby home.”

Bill Cosby comes out of his home to talk to the press with his attorneys after being released from prison in Pennsylvania
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She continued to say that Cosby shouldn’t have been prosecuted in the first place.

“They pulled the rug out from under him because of politics, because of popular opinion,” she continued.

Cosby stood alongside his legal team and hugged them, but refused to comment on his feelings when asked.

“He is extremely happy to be home,” Bonjean said. “He looks forward to reuniting with his wife and children.”

Bill Cosby served two years of the sentence before it was overturned on Wednesday
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Cosby had been convicted of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban estate in 2004.

He was charged in 2015 after a prosecutor obtained new evidence from the accuser’s previous lawsuit against Cosby.

After the jury was deadlocked, the judge allowed five other accusers to testify at the retrial, with accounts detailing events in the 1980s.

However, the Supreme Court for the State of Pennsylvania has now ruled that these testimonies tainted the trial despite lower appeals courts deciding otherwise.

 

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