Bill Cosby ‘celebrates’ anniversary of being released from prison with interview
One year to the day he was released on an overturned sexual assault conviction and less than a month after losing a civil trial on another sexual assault, Bill Cosby spoke for the first time about his stay in prison.
In a video on the iHeartRadio app, Cosby talked with host Frankie Darcell of WDAS 105.3 FM. The video was also posted to Cosby’s Instagram.
Cosby, who spoke uninterrupted for almost 15 minutes, recalled the moments leading up to his release.
“I was napping in my cell, which I called my penthouse suite,” he said. “Doing 10 years. I heard the cell door open — they can be very loud ... All of a sudden I just hear this yelling, ‘Mr. Cosby, Mr. Cosby, you have to wake up now.’
“I just felt hands on me, saying, ‘Look, you have to get out of here, you have to go home. You’re free.... Mr. Cosby, you’re free,” he continued.
An attorney who has represented dozens of sex assault survivors said the Pennsylvania court’s decision may discourage victims from coming forward.
In 2018, Cosby was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2021, citing a “non-prosecution” agreement Cosby had made with a previous district attorney.
Cosby said his release from prison caught him by surprise.
“I don’t hear voices saying, ‘So long, Mr. Cosby,’ nothing like that,” he said about walking down the hallway after leaving his cell. “It was just quiet, and then all of a sudden, I hear — not the type of applause you get at the beginning or the middle of a show, this is together. Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. And then it was all around the horseshoe.”
Bill Cosby was released from prison after the Pennsylvania high court ruled the sex assault case against him violated an earlier deal with prosecutors.
Cosby didn’t give many more details about his time inside the State Correctional Institution — Phoenix. But he did talk about entertaining the prisoners, including a speech he gave on the importance of having heroes.
“I said, ‘You’ve got to make yourself heroes and choose the correct people to be your heroes,’” he continued. “And I remember — it will stay with me as long as dementia doesn’t throw it out — this boy’s voice [saying], ‘I want to be your hero, Mr. Cosby.’”
The jury in Bill Cosby’s civil trial with Judy Huth, who had accused the comedian of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s, reached a verdict Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Cosby found himself on the losing end of another, unrelated sexual assault case. On June 21, Cosby was found liable for sexually abusing Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in 1975 when she was just 16 years old.
The comedian was ordered to pay Huth $500,000, although his team has said they will appeal the decision.
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