Bill Cosby’s on-screen wife Phylicia Rashad celebrated on Twitter before the prison release of the man formerly known as “America’s Dad.” But many supporters of the #MeToo movement are furious and can’t believe the actress spoke out in favor of her former co-star.
Phylicia took to Twitter on Wednesday to celebrate what she described as a correction. “A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected,” Phylicia Rashad tweeted.
Phylicia was recently appointed to Dean of Howard University’s Fine Arts College and is expected to star in the upcoming “Creed” sequel. However, Howard University is criticizing her support for Bill Cosby.
Howard University said in a statement that Phylicia’s first tweet “lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.” The Washington, D.C. university said that “personal positions … do not reflect Howard University’s policies.”
American playwright and film director, Warren Leight chimed in: “So the DOZENS of women who came forward ALL lied. Horrible enabler’s take from @PhyliciaRashad.”
The first high-profile sexual assault trial since the famed #MeToo movement has been overturned. Bill Cosby served almost three years of a three- to 10-year prison sentence at a maximum-security facility outside Philadelphia when the seven-member Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Cosby, 83, had been denied a fair trial in 2018.
The former Cosby Show star was arrested in 2015, when a district attorney armed with newly unsealed evidence brought charges against him days before the 12-year statute of limitations ran out.
The justices said that overturning the conviction, and prohibiting any further prosecution “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”
Bill Cosby was convicted in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He has served only two full years of the sentence. Previously, during testimony, Bill Cosby acknowledged drugging the women that he was pursuing for sex. This provided evidence that played a key part in his trial.
Justice David Wecht, who wrote for a split court, said Bill Cosby had relied on the former district attorney’s “promise” not to charge or convict him given that he provided his incriminating testimony in Andrea Constand’s civil case.
According to the AP, Bill Cosby was denied parole after “refusing to participate in sex offender programs behind bars.” He has that he would “resist the treatment programs and refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing even if it means serving the full 10-year sentence.”
As for Bill Cosby’s pending release, a prison official with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections tells TMZ that they are “in receipt of the newly handed down legal docs, and are in the middle of processing and authenticating them now.”