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Bill Cosby to have a celebration to mark 1st anniversary of jail launch


(Photo: Camille Cosby)

Bill Cosby, one yr after being launched from jail. (Photo: Camille Cosby)

Bill Cosby is talking out on the primary anniversary of his intercourse conviction reversal.

It’s been precisely one yr because the once-beloved comic and actor’s 2018 conviction was overturned and he was free of Pennsylvania jail. The 84-year-old is marking the day by celebrating with a celebration, his spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, tells Yahoo Entertainment. He’s additionally breaking his silence about his time in SCI Phoenix jail in a brand new 22-minute video.

Cosby was the primary superstar tried and convicted within the #MeToo period. While 60 ladies accused The Cosby Show star of sexual misconduct, this case stemmed from Temple University worker Andrea Constand’s declare he drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004. He was discovered responsible 14 years later and sentenced to three to 10 years in jail. In a shock flip of occasions, the court docket discovered that “America’s Dad” was unfairly prosecuted — as a result of the earlier district legal professional promised Cosby would not be charged over Constand’s accusations — and he walked free on June 30, 2021.

In the brand new video, which will be seen on Wyatt’s Instagram web page, Cosby talked about being asleep on the cot in his cell, which he dubbed “the penthouse,” when he obtained the shock information that he could be freed instantly.

“What is it —Juneteenth?” he mentioned he quipped to the guards.

Cosby mentioned it was a flurry, with a number of guards telling him to rise up instantly to depart. Cosby, who was within the common inhabitants, recalled somebody placing on his prison-issued showers footwear, on the mistaken toes initially, and leaving the cell, the place that they had a wheelchair ready for him.

As he was wheeled out, Cosby, who’s legally blind, recalled silence at first. “Then all of a sudden, I hear this in time — not the kind of applause that you get in the beginning or middle of your show — this is together clapping. Clap, clap, clap, clap… They were all clapping. It was, to me, very, very moving,” he mentioned.

Bill Cosby leaving prison after his conviction was reversed. (Screenshot: Andrew V. Wyatt via Instagram)

Bill Cosby seen leaving jail after his conviction was reversed. (Screenshot: Andrew V. Wyatt through Instagram)

Cosby mentioned “murderers, rapists, bank robbers, wife beaters [were] all clapping” for him. Many have been inmates he interacted with throughout varied jail packages he participated in. There was Mann-Up and FACT, which he attended facilitated by an inmate named Popcorn. Cosby has beforehand spoken about serving to fellow Black inmates, through talking at gatherings of those teams, whereas incarcerated.

Cosby was then advised his automobile was prepared and for the primary time in two years and 10 months he was in a position to go exterior and get into his automobile with out his arms or legs being chained. Footage was proven from his journey home, with Wyatt on the wheel.

“‘Your wife got you out of jail,'” Wyatt was seen telling him, referring to Camille, who he married in 1964. “Yes, I know my wife did it. She did it without a doubt.”

Cosby instantly wished to know, footage from the drive home from jail confirmed, what Wyatt heard on the information about his launch. Wyatt mentioned he realized the night time earlier than it could occur; Cosby was caught utterly abruptly, he mentioned.

“I’m a free man, you know,” Cosby mentioned, including he was relieved he now not needed to file as a intercourse offender. He mentioned “the media made a lot of money” on his again.

He was additionally eager about the lads he met in jail and was now forsaking, together with telling the story of 1 who advised him, “‘I want to be your hero, Mr. Cosby’ … I kept saying, ‘I hope so man, I hope so.'”

Upon reaching his home — with a media frenzy awaiting — Cosby mentioned he would go inside first and “just rest a sec,” as a result of “my heart… It’s just heavy.” Wyatt advised Cosby he ought to do a raised fist gesture to the press out the window. He as a substitute practiced doing a “V” for victory signal, which he later did on the presser.

Bill Cosby flashes a

Bill Cosby flashes a “V” signal as he’s welcomed exterior his home after Pennsylvania’s highest court docket overturned his sexual assault conviction and ordered him launched from jail instantly on June 30, 2021. A brand new video reveals he practiced the signal within the automobile earlier than greeting the media. (Photo: REUTERS/Mark Makela)

Cosby shared an announcement with Yahoo about why he determined to talk out about his launch on the primary anniversary. He mentioned, “Hope and inspiration comes to my mind when I think of those men that will never be left behind nor forgotten by me. Many of them called me their HERO but they really became my HERO.”

While he continues to have a good time, his launch, after all, surprised Hollywood and his many accusers. And that wasn’t an finish to his authorized troubles. Earlier this month, a California jury discovered that Cosby sexually assaulted Judy Huth on the Playboy Mansion in 1975 when she was a young person. Huth, now 64, was awarded $500,000. Although Cosby’s been accused of sexual misconduct by 60 ladies, this was the primary civil case to reach trial. Cosby, who denied a sexual encounter occurred, didn’t attend the trial.

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