Bill Cosby seen for first time since jail release – grinning and throwing victory sign

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A grinning Bill Cosby has been seen for the first time since his release from jail after a court overturned his sexual assault conviction.

The 83-year-old actor served just two of his three to 10 year sentence after being found guilty of drugging and molesting ex basketball player Andrea Constand.

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court voted to overturn the conviction saying there had been a 'process violation' by the prosecution, meaning certain legal rules had not been followed.

Cosby – once regarded as 'America's Dad' – #.was able to leave prison the same day his sentence was overturned

He arrived at his home in Philadelphia with a smile on his face after being driven from prison in a convoy.

After being helped out of the car, Cosby beamed and threw up a victory sign for the waiting cameras.

Bill Cosby throws a victory sign up to the cameras as he is seen for the first time since being released from prison
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The actor and comedian smiled as he enjoyed his first taste of freedom after his assault conviction was overturned
(Image: Gilbert Carrasquillo / SplashNews.com)

A press conference was held afterward where Cosby appeared but did not speak.

Publicist Andrew Wyatt told reporters: "What we saw today was justice. Justice for all Americans.

"Mr Cosby's conviction being overturned is for the world."

Cosby's sentencing in 2018 had been viewed as a major milestone in the #MeToo movement.

The 83-year-old was helped from his car by publicist Andrew Wyatt and lawyer Jennifer Bonjean
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Dozens of women spoke out to accuse Cosby of abuse, however he was only tried criminally for offences towards Ms Constand.

He was found guilty of three counts of felony indecent assault against the Canadian basketball star.

They met in 2002 when Constand was working at Temple University in Philadelphia. She said the veteran actor became a 'mentor' to her.

Speaking during Cosby's trial, Constand recalled becoming 'frozen' after being drugged and molested at Cosby's home in 2004.

She went to the police about the incident in 2005 but no criminal charges were pressed.

A year later, Constand sued the actor for sexual assault and defamation, reaching a confidential settlement in 2006.

Andrea Constand accused the actor – once referred to as 'America's Dad' – by assault
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In 2014 and 2015 other women shared similar stories of drugging and sexual abuse by Cosby and Ms Constand's case was reopened.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in mistrial when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

At a second trial in 2018, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and molesting Ms Constand and sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars

However, the conviction was overturned by a Supreme Court this week after judges found that testimony from accusers unrelated to the case had influenced Cosby's trial.

After the ruling, Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt told reporters the newly-freed actor was planning a dinner of salmon and pizza for his first meal on the outside.

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

Cosby's publicist said he was hoping to enjoy a 'crusty pizza' on his first night of freedom
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Cosby's rep also revealed that the comedian hopes to return to the stage.

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

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented a number of Cosby accusers, said Cosby's release would be 'devastating' to his many accusers.

Speaking at a Zoom conference on WedNesday, Allred said: "My heart goes out to those who bravely testified in both of his criminal cases.

Cosby was photographed outside his home but did not speak to reporters directly
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Actress and Time’s Up founding member Amber Tamblyn wrote: "I am furious to hear this news. "

She went on to allege: “I personally know women who this man drugged and raped while unconscious. Shame on the court and this decision. … I don’t want to hear anything about how cancel culture ruined men’s lives during the MeToo era reckoning for women and survivors. How we went too far. Today’s news that Cosby’s conviction is being overturned is proof we haven’t gone far enough. Our justice system MUST change."

Speaking out in support of the actor, Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby's wife on the Cosby Show, wrote on Twitter :"A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"

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