Bill Cosby, the 83-year-old actor who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home 14 years ago, has been released. Pennsylvania Prison Department spokesperson Maria Bevins confirmed the release hours after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 2018 sentence was announced.
According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the plea deal the plaintiff had reached with a previous prosecutor should not have led to his indictment. Cosby served in Montgomery County Jail over two years of his 3 to 10 year sentence after being found guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee in 2004.
He had recently been denied parole, in part for his refusal to admit his alleged guilt.
The court case was very complicated. It began in 2005, when the Constand first reported the alleged harassment to the then Montgomery County District Attorney, who ultimately decided not to prosecute the plaintiff. But Castor’s successor reopened the case in 2015, indicting Cosby, a few days before the statute of limitations took effect.