Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby’s TV wife and the incoming dean of Howard University’s fine arts college, faced harsh criticism Wednesday after celebrating the controversial comedian’s release from prison.
Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction as a result of an agreement he had with a prior prosecutor that would have prevented him from being criminally charged in the case. The ruling bars any retrial in the case, court documents say.
The 83-year-old comedian was two years into a three-to-10-year prison term for indecent assault against Andrea Constand in 2004. Nationwide, 60 women came forward to accuse the “Cosby Show” star of rape or sexual harassment, with many stating they were drugged during these encounters. Cosby has said his contact with Constand was consensual and he has denied all other allegations of wrongdoing.
“Finally,” Rashad tweeted in capital letters and a string of exclamation marks. “A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected.”
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