Bill Cosby shared a message to his supporters to celebrate his 84th birthday on July 12.
Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week after finding that a deal with a former prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case. The disgraced actor had served more than two years of a three- to ten-year sentence in a state prison near Philadelphia. He had sworn to serve the 10 years rather than acknowledge any remorse over the 2004 meeting with accuser Andrea Constand.
To celebrate his birthday, Cosby, who continues to deny any wrongdoing, issued a statement to his supporters thanking them for “fighting” for his freedom and allowing him to spend his 84th birthday out of town. jail.
“On my birthday – I thank you wholeheartedly for your support, thank you for fighting for my freedom and thank you for staying grounded and on the case. The revolution is at home,” the comedian said in a statement provided to Fox News.
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The comedian also shared an image of himself standing with folded hands wearing a white sweatshirt with multi-colored letters saying “Hello Friend”.
Cosby’s celebration of his regained freedom comes days after several women who had previously accused him of sexual assault gathered at Independence Mall in Philadelphia for a vigil to do the exact opposite. Women united to protest Cosby’s release from prison.
The group carried signs that read “Bill Cosby: America’s Predator” and “Serial Rapist Cosby Freed = No Justice”.
At least three women who accused Cosby of raping them – Lili Bernard, Stacey Pinkerton and Victoria Valentino – were present at the vigil to make their voices heard, according to WCAU.
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These women and other Cosby accusers had previously expressed their displeasure with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that led him to overturn his three to ten year sentence in an interview with NBC Nightly News. Kate Snow sat down for a follow-up interview with the women after interviewing them in 2015. They said they were “shocked”, “stunned”, “disgusted” by the progress of her case.
However, Lili Bernard noted that while Cosby’s release from prison is not an ideal outcome, the impact of his conviction cannot be completely undone.
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“Nothing can change the fact that a jury of his peers condemned him,” she explained. “Nothing can change the fact that his own words convinced him.”
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Meanwhile, Cosby’s legal team is reportedly exploring a counter-suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for what they believe to be “wrongful incarceration” now that his conviction has been overturned.
Fox News’s Mariah Haas and Julius Young contributed to this report.
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