Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned After Spending Two Years in Prison

By: Alyssa Wilson

WARNING: This story contains information about sexual assault 

The sexual assault conviction for actor and comedian Bill Cosby has been overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.  

Cosby served more than two years of the sentence, set to last three to ten years at a state prison. The 83-year-old actor was convicted of drugging and molesting an employee of Temple University at his suburban estate.  

RELATED: Bill Cosby denied parole for not completing a sex offenders program in prison 

He was arrested days before the 12-year statue of limitations expired, and was then subsequently charged in 2015. The jury deadlocked in the first trial with one other accuser testifying against Cosby. In a second trial, five other people came forward testifying about their experiences with him in the 1980s.  

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the testimony tainted the trial, even though a lower appeals court found it appropriate to show a pattern of behavior.  

Prosecutors did not say if they would appeal or seek to try Cosby for the third time.  

RELATEDPennsylvania Supreme Court Justices, Experts Scoff at Cosby Prosecutors Claim That Celebrities Know the Law Better Than the General Public 

This is a developing story that will be updated.  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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