Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturned his sexual assault conviction
Bill Cosby was released from prison and returned home on Wednesday, less than two hours after Pennsylvania's highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction, ruling that he should never have been prosecuted after striking a non-prosecution agreement with a previous district attorney more than 15 years ago.
Following Cosby's 2018 conviction, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced a split judgement after he had served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence, infuriating sexual assault victims and activists.
Cosby is best known for his role in the famous comedy series, "The cosby show" where he earned the name "America's Dad".
His reputation as a family man, however, was shattered after more than 50 women accused him of repeated sexual assaults over the course of over five decades. His conviction was hailed as a turning point in the #MeToo movement, which has seen a slew of charges levelled against famous men in Hollywood and beyond.
In 2004, Cosby was convicted guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, in his home. The only allegations against Cosby that were not too old to warrant criminal charges were those made by Constand.
One dissenting justice argued Cosby should be kept in prison, while two others said prosecutors should be given the opportunity to retry him without the tainted evidence.