Bill Cosby was the number one trending topic on Twitter after a judge overturned a sexual assault conviction that landed him in prison for two years. After being released from prison, Cosby took to Twitter to address the matter.
"I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence," Cosby tweeted.
"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."
Cosby's initial conviction stemmed from a 2004 incident involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Cosby is accused of inviting Constand to his home in Pennsylvania, drugging her and sexually assaulting her. No charges were filed at the time of the incident, but an increase in accusations levied against the comedian led to a renewed interest in the case eleven years later. In 2015, he was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Ultimately, he was sentenced to a sentence of three to ten years in prison. Cosby served two years of his sentence before his attorneys uncovered an agreement with a previous prosecutor that prevents him from being charged in the case.
Cosby's frustrated and surprised many around the country. After hearing about the actor's release, Constand issued a public statement addressing the matter.
“We remain grateful to those women who came forward to tell their stories, to DA Kevin Steele and the excellent prosecutors who achieved a conviction at trial, despite the ultimate outcome which resulted from a procedural technicality, and we urge all victims to have their voices heard. We do not intend to make any further comment,” Constand and her legal team stated.