Bill Cosby celebrates freedom with pizza & plots TV comeback after sex assault conviction is quashed on technicality

BILL Cosby celebrated his prison release by tucking into a "crunchy" pizza at his home and is planning a return to the stage, his rep revealed.

The disgraced comedian, 83, served more than two years of a three-to-10 year sentence at a jail in Philadelphia before his sexual assault conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on a technicality on Wednesday.

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Spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said Cosby planned a dinner of salmon, collard greens, and a pizza with basil and mozzarella, The New York Post reports.

He told reporters: “He wants to have a crunchy pizza and just the taste of it.”

Cosby's rep also revealed that the comedian wants to return to the stage.

Wyatt said: “He will get back on the stage, on many stages across this country, and he will be telling his story.”

Cosby didn’t address reporters following his release on Wednesday but tweeted an image of him holding his right fist in the air.

He said: “I have never changed my stance, nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence.


“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.”

He had vowed to serve all 10 years rather than acknowledge any remorse over the 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand.

Cosby was released from the State Correctional Institution in PA just before 3pm ET, just two hours after the decision was made.

Publicist Wyatt said that the actor’s heart was “racing” when he learned of the news.

The disgraced comedian, who was once beloved as "America’s Dad," was convicted of drugging and molesting the Temple University employee at his suburban estate.

He was charged in late 2015 when a prosecutor armed with newly unsealed evidence — Cosby’s damaging deposition from Constand's lawsuit — arrested him days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.

The court said that District Attorney Kevin Steele, who made the decision to arrest Cosby, was obligated to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge Cosby when he later gave potentially incriminating testimony in Constand’s civil suit.

There was no evidence that promise was ever put in writing.

Justice David Wecht, writing for a split court, said Cosby had relied on the former prosecutor’s decision not to charge him when he later gave potentially incriminating testimony in the Constand’s civil suit.

They said that overturning the conviction, and barring any further prosecution, "is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system."

He was convicted in 2018 at his second trial – after a first trial ended in a hung jury.

The trial judge had allowed just one other accuser to testify at Cosby’s first trial when the jury deadlocked.

However, the judge then allowed five other accusers to testify at the retrial about their experiences with Cosby in the 1980s.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that testimony tainted the trial, even though a lower appeals court had found it appropriate to show a signature pattern of drugging and molesting women.

In May, Cosby was denied parole after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison.

Cosby, a groundbreaking black actor who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, made a fortune estimated at $400million during his 50 years in the entertainment industry.

His trademark clean comedy and homespun wisdom fueled popular TV shows, books, and standup acts.

He had invited Constand to an estate he owns in Pennsylvania the night she claims he drugged and sexually assaulted her.

Constand, a former professional basketball player who worked at his alma mater, went to cops a year later.

The other accusers knew Cosby through the entertainment industry and did not go to the police.

 

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