One of Bill Cosby’s co-star’s on the popular sitcom that made the comedian a household name is coming to his defense after being released from prison, following an overturning of his sexual assault conviction.
‘The Cosby Show’ star Phylicia Rashad is celebrating the shocking news of his release from a Pennsylvania prison. Rashad played Cosby’s television show wife, Clair Huxtable, for all eight seasons of the legendary program. Immediately following the breaking news, Rashad took to Twitter to show her support to the comedian.
“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” she tweeted alongside a picture of Bill Cosby.
Bill Cosby’s Co-Stars Support His Prison Release
As we reported, Phylicia has supported Cosby all along the way despite the numerous allegations from dozens of women which included drugging and sexually assaulting several alleged victims. As you can imagine, she has gotten a lot of heat in the past for speaking about the legacy of the popular television show, rather than focusing on the victims.
Several other celebrities have supported Cosby while behind bars, including Snoop Dogg. In the minutes following his release, Lil’ Duval tweeted, “Bill Cosby about to be free! City boy win summer 2021.” Several other stars had a different reaction to the news, including Amber Tamblyn, Ellen Barkin, and Debra Messing, who tweeted their disgust at the justice system for allowing this release and showing their support for the survivors of Cosby’s alleged assaults.
Hollywood Stars ‘Disgusted’ With Justice System
According to reports, the comedian has already left the Pennivalya penitentiary in a dark SUV and is headed home. A host of new outlets and photographers are planted at the comedian’s home awaiting the first shots of him outside of the prison.
As we reported, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the sexual assault conviction in Cosby’s case after questioning the decision to allow other women to testify about the pattern of behavior in this case. The court ruled the testimony in the trial was “tainted” even though the lower court found that he showed a pattern of “drugging and molesting women.” In the first trial, the judge only allowed one accuser to testify against the actor, which resulted in a deadlocked jury. But, in a retrial, four additional accusers testified about their horrible experiences with the comedian in the 1980s.