Famous African-American actor Bill Cosby is to be released from prison after his conviction on sexual offences was quashed on Wednesday.
His 10-year jail term handed down in 2018 was overturned on Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after it was determined that he’d had an agreement with a previous prosecutor that he could not be charged for the offences.
He was found guilty and sentenced to a three- to 10-year prison term.
Several women had come forward to testify against him for sexual misconduct and he was sentenced over a case brought against him by Andrea Constand.
The news of his conviction being vacated (the legal term) is already been met with relief by those who support Mr Cosby and condemnation by women’s rights campaigners. It is certain to ignite a renewed debate over Mr Cosby’s guilt or innocence, and the American justice system.
Best known as a prominent African-American actor and comedian, Dr William H Cosby is also an author and academic having earned an M.A. in education.
He is perhaps best known for his role in the tv series The Cosby Show in which he played the role of Dr Huxtable in a portrayal of a middle- African-American family.
Bill Cosby was expected to be released from prison on Wednesday.