Cosby Show Actress Phylicia Rashad Receives Intense Backlash After Celebrating Bill Cosby’s Release From Prison

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  • 83-year-old Bill Cosby was released from prison after his sexual assault case was overturned on a technicality
  • Cosby’s TV wife Phylicia Rashad angered many after celebrating Cosby’s release from prison
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Cosby show actress Phylicia Rashad celebrated Bill Cosby’s release from prison on social media and immediately received backlash from the Internet.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shocked many when they announced they had decided to overturn Cosby’s sexual assault conviction due to a technicality in the case.

Via The AP

The former “Cosby Show” star was arrested in 2015, when a district attorney armed with newly unsealed evidence — the comic’s damaging deposition in a lawsuit brought by Constand — brought charges against him days before the 12-year statute of limitations ran out.

the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that District Attorney Kevin Steele, who made the decision to arrest Cosby, was obligated to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge Cosby. There was no evidence that promise was ever put in writing.

Justice David Wecht, writing for a split court, said Cosby had relied on the former district attorney’s decision not to charge him when the comedian gave his potentially incriminating testimony in Constand’s civil case.

The court called Cosby’s arrest “an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was forgone for more than a decade.”

The justices said that overturning the conviction, and barring any further prosecution, “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”

Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife on the long-running TV show and was recently appointed the dean of Howard University’s fine arts college, celebrated Bill’s release on Twitter by stating a “terrible wrong has been righted.”

Rashad’s tweet immediately drew the ire of the Internet