Bill Cosby is speaking in public on the day of his sex conviction reversal’s one-year anniversary.
Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the 84-year-old disgraced comedian’s conviction after he had served two years of a three to ten-year sentence for molesting and drugging Andrea Constand in 2004, BET.com reported. Cosby has never admitted guilt, rather saying he’d serve his entire sentence before owning up to the egregious acts. On his first anniversary as a free man, Cosby spoke about his time in state prison.
The 22-minute video posted on Andrew V. Wyatt’s Instagram page has the “exclusive” interview with former Detroit radio personality Frankie Darcell.
“Watch: Actor & Comedian Bill Cosby Celebrates the one-year anniversary of his unjust conviction vacated by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court by speaking “exclusively” with Syndicated Radio Show Personality Frankie Darcell (IHEART RADIO/PHILADELPHIA).
“Many along with the media will ask why are you speaking now,” said Actor & Comedian Bill Cosby. “Hope and inspiration comes to my mind when I think of those men that will never be left behind nor forgotten by me. Many of them called me their HERO but they really became my HERO” declared Mr. Cosby, who has an ED.D. In Education and worked for decades to promote and support education and humanity on all levels.
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Cosby recalled the day he was released from prison. He expressed his gratitude to his fellow prisoners who gave him a rousing round of applause as he left the “penthouse.”
"What is it —Juneteenth?" he asked guards as they told him he was free.
As guards escorted Cosby via wheelchair, the legally blind comedian, recapped, "All of a sudden, I hear this in time — not the kind of applause that you get in the beginning or middle of your show — this is together clapping. Clap, clap, clap, clap... They were all clapping. It was, to me, very, very moving."
He continued, "Murderers, rapists, bank robbers, wife beaters [were] all clapping" for him.
Cosby was taken to a car driven by Wyatt.
"'Your wife got you out of jail,'" Wyatt was seen telling him, referring to Camille, who he married in 1964. "Yes, I know my wife did it. She did it without a doubt."
Cosby immediately wanted to know, footage from the drive home from prison showed, what Wyatt heard on the news about his release. Wyatt said he learned the night before it may happen; Cosby was caught completely by surprise, he said.
"I'm a free man, you know," Cosby said, adding he was relieved he no longer had to file as a sex offender. He said "the media made a lot of money" on his back.
He was also thinking about the men he met in prison and was now leaving behind, including telling the story of one who told him, "'I want to be your hero, Mr. Cosby' ... I kept saying, 'I hope so man, I hope so.'"
Though Cosby is a free man, he was found guilty of sexual battery on June 21 by a California jury for reportedly raping Judy Huth, a minor then, at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. Huth, now 64, was awarded $500,000.