The American stand-up comedian who also became known as a well-loved actor, author and celebrity figure within the public sphere, Bill Cosby, has been released from prison as of July 2021. The US star, whose real name is William Henry Cosby Jr, was sent to prison three years ago in 2018 following accusations of sexual assault. Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for his crimes, though a court of appeal has now overturned that conviction. Cosby walked from prison a free man last month as the decision was overturned by a Pennsylvanian high court. 

Cosby first became famous in the early 60s, when his active career as a stand-up comedian really began to take off. Cosby’s career went on to span decades, with arguably the pinnacle being The Cosby Show which ran on screens across America and the world from 1984 to 1992. The star’s six decades of success however were cut short in 2018 when he was accused of a sexualt assult that invovled drugging and molesting a young female. 

The now 83 year old was accused of the assault by a Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who was visiting Cosby at the time on his estate. Constand reported the assault around a year later, but it was with only days before the 12 year statute of limitations expired that Cosby was arrested and charged. The most recent court ruling declared the process from the previous ruling should prevent Cosby from being charged in the case. 

After being charged in 2015 in regards the assault, the trial then went on to include five other accusers who relayed their traumatic experiences with Cosby back in the 1980s when Cosby was at the peak of his fame. The trial came just before the start of the widespread MeToo movement in 2017, which arguably could have contributed to Cosby’s conviction in 2018.