Disgraced TV legend Bill Cosby thanked officers when he was released from prison last year after his sexual assault conviction was overturned – and likened his newfound freedom to new video shows Juneteenth.
Cosby, 84, was upbeat and curious when he was released on June 30, 2021 from a Pennsylvania jail where he served more than two years after being convicted in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia on drug abuse and assault charges Andrea Constand had been convicted.
“Thank you and thank you everyone up there,” Cosby said to an officer who escorted him to a waiting car driven by publicist Andrew Wyatt.
The former The Cosby Show star then asked Wyatt for an update on news reports on his case after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a decades-old prosecutor’s agreement should have protected him from criminal charges.
“Well, it’s starting to beat,” Cosby said when asked how he was feeling, the video shows. “I was in bed, in the cradle, and they opened the door – because it’s 1 o’clock – and about four or five people [were] yelling, ‘Bill, come out, you’re going home.'”
Cosby then quipped, “I said what is it Juneteenth?”
The fallen comedian said other inmates, including murderers, rapists, bank robbers and “wifebeaters” all applauded as he was led out.
Wyatt later said he “couldn’t believe” a judge overturned Cosby’s conviction of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby had been sentenced to three to ten years in prison. Cosby, meanwhile, sat in the passenger seat and hailed the end of his time behind bars, video shows.
“No more violent sex offenders,” Cosby said. “I’m a free man, you know?”
Cosby accused the media of making “a lot of money” from his case before saying he had to go to his home in Elkins Park to rest, footage shows.
“The heart is just happy,” Cosby told Wyatt.
A third clip showed Cosby and Wyatt laughing as the actor put up a peace sign for the waiting reporters and police officers at his home.
“We’re going from the back?” Cosby asked, daring Wyatt to say no. “Oh boy.”
A man then welcomed Cosby home as he pulled up, footage shows.
The new clip was released days after a California jury found Csby sexually assaulted a young girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The victim, Judy Huth, now 64, received $500,000.
Wyatt told the Post that Cosby plans to appeal.
“Mr. Cosby continues to maintain his innocence and will vigorously combat these false allegations so he can restore the pursuit of happiness, joy and laughter to the world,” Wyatt said in a statement.
Cosby posted a photo of himself to his 87,000 followers on Instagram on Wednesday, saying “a year of freedom” suits him.
“At least that’s what my wife says,” Cosby wrote.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/30/video-shows-bill-cosby-moments-after-his-2021-prison-release/ The video shows Bill Cosby shortly after his release from prison in 2021