Celebrities react to news of Bill Cosby's overturned conviction, release

Bill Cosby is a free man. On June 30, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled overturned the comedian’s sexual assault conviction just two years into his 10-year prison sentence. The 83-year-old was discharged and cannot be retried in court. He had been accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee. The court cited multiple reasons as to why the verdict couldn’t stand, including a deal that he made with the former district attorney that would have prevented Cosby from being criminally charged in the case. The Supreme Court also disagreed with the decision to let five other women testify. In laymen’s terms, the high court said he was denied the right to a fair trial and his rights were violated. Following his release, many in Hollywood reacted with disgust (and one person was thrilled.) Click through to see what the entertainment world is saying… 

“I am furious to hear this news. I personally know women who this man drugged and raped while unconscious. Shame on the court and this decision,” Amber Tamblyn tweeted. “I don’t want to hear anything about how cancel culture ruined men’s lives during the MeToo era reckoning for women and survivors. How we went too far. Today’s news that Cosby’s conviction is being overturned is proof we haven’t gone far enough. Our justice system MUST change.”

“To every woman who was sexual assaulted by #BillCosby my heart hurts for you today and I am full fury. It’s horrifying.” –Debra Messing

“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” –Phylicia Rashad

“”Did Bill Cosby drug the PA Supreme Court?” Dianne Warren

“#BillCosby being released from prison on a technicality is a complete miscarriage of justice & will never be an exoneration for the brutal crimes he committed against women. The world is now woke & women will no longer be silenced. You should be ashamed of yourself,” Gretchen Carlson tweeted, also telling Phylicia Rashad that she should be “ashamed of [herself]” for supporting the decision.

“Told you so on #BillCosby. He was convicted by a court so tainted by public opinion and social pressure that it allowed obviously prejudicial evidence and improper witnesses. He may be a bad guy, but in this case he was railroaded by the mob. Cosby served two years on a case that a previous prosecutor promised would never be brought. And to allow the testimony of five other accusers was-legally speaking-outrageous. And if you’re p*ssed off now, wait until the Appeals Court in NY reverses #HarveyWeinstein’s conviction.” –Geraldo Rivera

“Bill Cosby is STILL an evil rapist. the end. I wonder how many people are lining up to make deals with Cosby. too many people in Hollywood protect predator rapists and pretend to care about survivors but they really don’t. Bill Cosby was not put in prison because he was a Black man he was put in prison because he drugged and raped many women for decades.” –Rosanna Arquette


“”I’m enraged, heartbroken and disgusted by Cosby’s release. I can only imagine what all his survivors must be feeling. This convicted rapist is free today because he is a man of privilege. The Patriarchy rears it’s ugly head yet again.” –Christine Lahti

#JuneTeenth2021 and #Cosby being released are cool, but it ain’t #PoliceReform” –D.L. Hughley

“Rich, powerful, sexual predator, Jeffrey Epstein got s sweetheart deal from then US attorney, Alex Acosta. Rich, powerful, sexual-predator Bill Cosby got a sweet-heart, no-prosecution deal from a prosecutor and is getting out of jail. Anybody else see a pattern, here?” –Ana Navarro-Cardenas

“Bill Cosby is going free… released from prison today. WOW” –Donald Trump Jr.

“Heartbreaking for all survivors. #MeToo lasts forever” –Ellen Barkin

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