Who Is Bill Cosby? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Charged, Released From Jail

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Biography – Wiki

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction has been vacated after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that an agreement he made with a previous prosecutor should have precluded him from being charged in the case, PEOPLE confirms.
Bill Cosby is an American former stand-up comedian, actor, and author who held an active career for over six decades before being convicted in 2018 of several sex offenses. The conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2021.

Age

Bill Cosby is 83-years-old.

Released From Jail

The court’s judgment, handed down Wednesday, states Bill Cosby “must be discharged [from prison], and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred”. Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction has been vacated after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that an agreement he made with a previous prosecutor should have precluded him from being charged in the case, PEOPLE confirms. The court’s judgment, handed down Wednesday, states Cosby, 83, “must be discharged [from prison], and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred.”

Cosby’s publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told ABC News he will pick Cosby up from prison within hours. Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018 after Andrea Constand said he had drugged her and sexually assaulted her in her Elkins Park, Pa., home in 2004.

Cosby had been sentenced to three to 10 years and had served more than two years of that sentence. Constand and five other women testified that he had engaged in a similar pattern of behavior during Cosby’s trial. Cosby’s defense denied the accusations and similar allegations made against him by more than 60 women.

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After Cosby was convicted, Constand addressed her ordeal in a victim impact statement. “When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence, and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote. “Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.”

“Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others,” she wrote. Cosby had been denied parole last month, due to in part his refusal to participate or complete a treatment program for sex offenders and violence prevention. ABC News reports that two lower courts refused to overturn Cosby’s conviction before the state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

Agreement With Prosecutor

Constand first reported her ordeal to then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor in 2005, but Castor declined to prosecute Cosby. But Castor’s successor, Kevin Steele, filed charges against Cosby in 2015, arresting him days before the statute of limitations expired.

Castor said he disagreed with the decision to prosecute Cosby, saying he’d agree with him never to prosecute him if Cosby testified for a deposition in a civil suit Constand filed against him. (Cosby ultimately settled the suit with Constant for $3.38 million.) In that deposition, Cosby admitted he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with and admitted to numerous extramarital affairs. Cosby’s testimony in that deposition was used against him in his criminal trial.

In their judgment, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the decision to use Cosby’s assertions in his deposition against him deprived him of his Fifth Amendment rights. Cosby, the court stated, had been subject to “an unconstitutional ‘coercive bait-and-switch,’ ” which the court characterized as a “due process violation.”

“D.A. Castor’s successors did not feel bound by his decision, and decided to prosecute Cosby notwithstanding that prior undertaking,” the judgment reads. “The fruits of Cosby’s reliance upon D.A. Castor’s decision Cosby’s sworn inculpatory testimony were then used by D.A. Castor’s successors against Cosby at Cosby’s criminal trial.”

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