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Bill Cosby thanks fans after prison release

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby thanked his fans on Wednesday following his release from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his 2018 sexual assault conviction.

The 83-year-old actor took to Twitter to thank his supporters for standing by him, as well as the court for “upholding the rule of law.”

“I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence,” Cosby said on Twitter.

“Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law,” he continued.

Cosby left prison just before 2:30 p.m. local time Wednesday after the high court’s ruling.

The Court ruled 4-3 that Cosby’s due process rights were violated to gather evidence that would secure the  conviction.

The ruling goes back to a 2005 decision by then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, who said there was insufficient evidence to convict Cosby for sexual assault. Castor promised not to charge Cosby if he agreed to testify in a civil suit brought agains him.

Castor’s successor, Risa Vetri Ferman, did not honor the agreement and later filed charges against Cosby. Ferman used Cosby’s own testimony to help secure a guilty verdict.

The court ruled that denying the benefit of Castor’s decision was an “affront to fundamental fairness.”

Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated incident assault in 2018, and have been serving a 3- to 10-year prison sentence. The conviction was considered one of the first major convictions of the “Me Too” era.

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