Photos: Bill Cosby freed from prison after court overturns sex assault conviction

Bill Cosby gestures with a peace sign in the air
Bill Cosby gestures outside his home in Elkins Park, Pa., on June 30, after being released from prison.
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Bill Cosby was freed from prison Wednesday after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction, a stunning reversal in a case that marked the first celebrity trial in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

The 83-year-old comedian once known as “America’s Dad” served nearly three years of a three- to 10 year-sentence after being found guilty of drugging and assaulting Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Bill Cosby and others walk arm in arm
Bill Cosby, second from left, and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, third from left, approach members of the media gathered outside Cosby’s home June 30.
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In its 79-page opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrote that a “non-prosecution agreement” that had been struck between Cosby and former Montgomery County Dist. Atty. Bruce Castor meant that the actor never should have been changed in the case. The judges barred any future prosecution.

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The court’s ruling overturned the first significant criminal conviction of the #MeToo era, and comes on the heels of a judge’s decision to extradite Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to stand trial in California on charges that he sexually assaulted five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Protesters outside of Bill Cosby's home
Protesters outside of Bill Cosby’s home on June 30.
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Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand, center, and supporters embrace after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on April, 26, 2018.
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Bill Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt celebrates with people gathered outside the home of the entertainer in Elkins Park, Pa., on June 30.
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A police officer patrols outside the home of Bill Cosby
A police officer patrols outside the home of Bill Cosby in Elkins Park, Pa., on June 30.
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Security personnel outside a prison
Security personnel are positioned at an entrance to the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa. The 83-year-old Cosby has served more than two years at the state prison near Philadelphia.
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Spokesperson Andrew Wyatt and attorney Jennifer Bonjean
Spokesperson Andrew Wyatt and attorney Jennifer Bonjean speak outside of Bill Cosby’s home on June 30 in Cheltenham, Pa.
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