Bill Cosby found out he was being freed from inmates in jail before celebrating his return home with pizza – and will now ‘tell his story’ on tour.
Cosby, 83, returned home Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction three years into his three- to ten-year sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.
His publicist Andrew Wyatt told the New York Post that the disgraced comedian heard about the ruling from other inmates at the state prison in Montgomery County where he was housed and that he is ‘excited’ about the turn of events.
‘I just heard the inmates knocking on the walls and the cell and said “Bill, you’re free Bill! You’re free, Bill”,’ Cosby said, according to Wyatt. ‘I didn’t know what was going on.’
Bill Cosby, pictured, found out he was being freed from inmates in jail and celebrated his return home with pizza and will now ‘tell his story’ on tour
Cosby was welcomed outside his home after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction and ordered him released from prison immediately
Bill Cosby, center, listens to members of his team speaks with members of the media outside his home in Elkins Park on Wednesday. Wyatt is pictured left
Andrew Wyatt, second from right, is pictured with Bill Cosby and his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean after he arrived home
Wyatt, who spoke to the outlet outside of Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia mansion, said the ‘Cosby Show’ star planned to feast on salmon, collard greens and a pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella.
‘He wants to have a crunchy pizza and just the taste of it,’ Wyatt said.
Wyatt claimed that, since his release, Cosby has been been receiving phone calls offering congratulations from actors including Faizon Love and Terrence Howard, who had previously accused Cosby of trying to blacklist him from the industry.
Love, known for playing Big Worm in the film Friday, has repeatedly defended Cosby through allegations that he had drugged and raped more than 30 women.
Cosby reportedly wants to ‘enjoy this taste of freedom’ and plans to ‘immediately’ hit the road performing again, Wyatt told the Post.
‘He will get back on the stage, on many stages across this country, and he will be telling his story,’ Wyatt said.
‘You will see a documentary coming out soon. You will see a book coming out soon. There’s a lot of great projects that’s gonna be coming out soon.’
Bill Cosby gestures a peace sign outside his home in Elkins Park on Wednesday after being released from prison
Wyatt claimed to the New York Post that Cosby had been given ‘vindication’ with the court’s decision.
‘It’s a beautiful day, not just for Bill Cosby, because this is about all Americans, making sure that they get justice,’ Wyatt said. ‘This is all God’s work.’
Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era after he was found guilty of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion.
His conviction was seen as a turning point in the movement to hold powerful men accountable for sexual misconduct.
Bill Cosby is greeted outside his house after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction and ordered him released from prison immediately
Bill Cosby, center, and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt approach members of the media gathered outside his home
The split court found that Cosby was unfairly prosecuted because the previous district attorney had promised the comedian once known as ‘America’s Dad’ that he wouldn’t be charged over Constand’s accusations. Cosby was charged by another prosecutor who claimed he wasn’t bound by that agreement.
The court said that’s not the case. The justices found that Cosby relied on that promise when he agreed to testify without invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought against him by Constand.
The court concluded that prosecutor who later brought the charges was obligated to stick to the nonprosecution agreement, so the conviction cannot stand.
The justices wrote that ‘denying the defendant the benefit of that decision is an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was foregone for more than a decade’.