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International - July 1, 2021

Bill Cosby freed after top court overturns sexual assault conviction

Bill Cosby freed after top court overturns sexual assault conviction

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US comedian Bill Cosby has left prison hours after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

The judges said there had been a “process violation” by the prosecution, but admitted their ruling was unusual.

Mr. Cosby, 83, served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia.

In 2018 he was found guilty of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand.

Mr. Cosby is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show and was once known as “America’s Dad”.

Dozens of women have publicly accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault, but he was only tried criminally for the incident against Ms. Constand. His conviction in 2018 was widely seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement.

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