Bill Cosby is going to be a free man after the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction on Wednesday, June 30, and it appears he will be able to go home to his wife, Camille Cosby.
The comedian, 83, was convicted in April 2018 on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of his former friend Andrea Constand in 2004, and he was sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars, which he served more than two years of. He was denied parole in May, and as of now, it’s unknown if prosecutors will appeal the court’s decision.
Cosby “must be discharged [from prison], and any future prosecution on these particular charges must be barred,” the court ruled after finding that an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented the actor from being charged.
“We are headed over there (the state prison) now,” Cosby’s attorney Brian Perry said in a statement obtained by In Touch. “He should be out in the next couple of hours. Hopefully we can get him out soon.”
In December, Cosby showed appreciation to Reverend Jesse Jackson, who fought for the star’s release from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic. “He’s  and blind. Who’s he going to hurt? He should be home and free and away from all of those germs,” Jackson argued at the time, stating the “government needs to do something” because he believed that Cosby “shouldn’t still be in prison.”
Afterward, Cosby and his wife, 77, said they were “forever grateful to Reverend Jackson and his family because he has been working feverishly to get the State of PA to release Mr. Cosby since the height of the Covid-19 pandemic” in a statement to USA TODAY.
Over the years, Cosby has faced accusations of sexual assault from more than 60 women, but his spouse appeared to show him support throughout the process. The Cosby Show alum and his wife are still married as of 2021. Camille has defended him for years and seemingly still supports him to this day.
In fact, she was all smiles in 2018 as she accompanied her then-80-year-old husband into court for his lawyers’ closing arguments. (That said, her appearance that day was the first time she attended his retrial.)
In a 2016 deposition for a defamation case against the former stand-up comic, Camille repeatedly invoked spousal privilege to avoid questions about her husband’s behavior. And in 2014, as accusations mounted against the Time Flies author, Camille released a statement saying he had been victimized by “untrue” allegations.
“The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work,” she wrote in the statement. “He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.”
She continued, “A different man has been portrayed in the media … It is the portrait of a man I do not know. It is also a portrait painted by organizations painted by individuals and organizations whom many in the media has given a pass. There appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers before stories are published or aired … None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking the victim. But the question should be asked: Who is the victim?”
In 2020, she came out in support of her husband once again after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert star would be allowed to appeal his conviction. She shared an update on how he was doing behind bars and called out the #MeToo movement. Though Camille explained she hadn’t visited him behind bars, she revealed they communicated every day.
“I do not want to see my husband in that kind of an environment, and he doesn’t want me to see him in that kind of environment,” she told ABC News in June 2020.
“Finally, there is a court — the state’s highest court — that has said, ‘Wait a minute. There are some problems here,’” she continued prior to news of his release. “The #MeToo movement and movements like them have intentional ignorance pertaining to the history of particular white women who have — from the very beginning — accused black males of sexual assault without any proof whatsoever, no proof, anywhere on the face of the earth.”
Since marrying in 1964, Bill and Camille have welcomed five children together — Erika, Erinn, Ennis, Ensa and Evin — three of whom are still alive. Ennis was murdered in 1997 at the age of 27, and Ensa died of renal disease in 2018 at the age of 44.
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