Comedy legend and Godfather Bill Cosby walked out of a prison in Pennsylvania as a free man on Wednesday after nearly three years behind bars when the state’s highest court ruled that he was wrongly convicted of sexually assaulting a woman.
Cosby’s release was a sudden and shocking turn in the saga of a man who had once been one of America’s most beloved entertainers but whose legacy was forever tarnished by dozens of assault allegations and his subsequent conviction in 2018 in one of the most high-profile trials of the #MeToo era.
“I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence,” Cosby tweeted Wednesday night. “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.”