It was reported on Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s highest court, the State Supreme Court, overturned Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction, citing a previous agreement that prevented him from being charged in the first place.
Although he was imprisoned, Cosby has always maintained his innocence and has always denied the charges and accusations levied against him.
After leaving prison and getting the chance to return to his home, the 83-year-old comedian took to Twitter to continue to maintain his innocence.
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. #BillCosby pic.twitter.com/bxELvJWDe5
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 30, 2021
Cosby reportedly celebrated his abrupt release by eating pizza with salmon, collard greens, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese and talking with celebrity friends and Faizon Love and Terrence Howard, his attorney Andrew Wyatt said.
“He only wants to eat crispy pizza and its taste,” Wyatt said.
Cosby also reportedly plans to hit the stage soon on a comedy tour.
“He will return to stage on many stages throughout the country and he will tell his story,” Wyatt said.
“You will soon see a documentary coming out. You will soon see the book coming out. There are many great projects coming out soon. “
According to Wyatt, Cosby got news of his release from another cellmate. Cosby told Wyatt, “I just heard a prisoner knock on a wall and a cell and say, ’Bill, you’re free, Bill! You’re free, Bill.’” Cosby said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
As recently as May, Cosby had maintained his innocence, even when given the opportunity to possibly be paroled if he participated in a treatment program for sex offenders. Even then, he denied the chance to be released because he continued to proclaim his innocence.
On May 11, the Pennsylvania State Parole Board had declined Cosby’s parole request partly because of his need to participate in “a treatment program for sex offenders and violence prevention,” and “failure to develop a parole release plan,” according to a state board action letter provided to USA TODAY. The parole board also cited a “negative recommendation” from the Department of Corrections.
A statement was released on Cosby’s Instagram account which stated:
“The news that actor and comedian Bill Cosby’s parole has been “denied” by the Pennsylvania State Parole Board is not a surprise to Mr. Cosby, his family, his friends and/or his legal team. It was brought to our attention by Mr. Cosby that over the past months, members of the PA State Parole Board had met with him and empathically stated, “if he did not participate in SVP [Sexually Violent Predator] courses that his parole would be denied.” Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof. Today, Mr. Cosby continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial.”