Bill Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand Breaks Her Silence after the Comedian’s Release
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With a handsome career that spanned six decades, standup comedian, actor, and writer Bill Cosby had been a landmark name in the entertainment industry. However, the walls he had built crashed around him in 2018 when he was convicted for various misconducts.
Among the numerous allegations, the one that landed him a 3-year prison sentence came from Andrea Constand. In June 2021, Cosby walked out of prison as a free man, free of all past convictions.
Now, Constand has broken her silence and appeared in her first major interview since Cosby was released. In it, she calls him out to be a violent predator with no remorse for his actions.
Andrea Constand's Interview
When asked about the release of the comedian, Constand was quick to point out that the American justice system was severely flawed. She further revealed to journalist Kate Snow that she was surprised daily and disappointed to learn about his release.
Only a short snippet of the clip has been put out by NBC’s Today, while the entire interview is set to air tonight.
Andrea Constand’s Accusation And Memoir
Over the past decade, over 60 women offered their accounts of being drugged and molested at the hands of the comedian. However, it was Constand’s compelling and heart-wrenching testimony that birthed the verdict of putting Cosby behind bars.
It was 2004 when she and the comedian had first met. She was an athlete and worked for the women’s basketball team of Temple University, Philadelphia. He was an alum of the same institution, and they shared a common interest in health and medicine.
She had initially found him down-to-earth while he was falling in love with her. But, unfortunately for Cosby, Constand’s orientation was for other women. So, he allegedly resorted to using different methods to get with her.
Cosby passed Constand a pill, convincing her it was a herbal product. Upon taking it, her limbs soon gave out, allowing him to take his liberty with her.
This is the vulnerable story that she recounts in her memoir, The Movement. Her testimony not only put Cosby behind bars but also made her a keen voice behind the #MeToo movement.
She also commented that regardless of Cosby’s release, her spirit to do right by those who have fallen victim to abuse has not wavered. In addition, her memoir is set to be released today.
Why Was Bill Cosby Released?
Cosby had one of the most robust cases against him, with many women coming forward to convict him. But because of a minor mishap in the due process of law, Cosby is now a free man.
He was set free on June 30, 2021, after completing his sentence. However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the comedian’s conviction because of a previous process violation.
Cosby's attorneys and the state prosecutor had agreed that, as a consequence of this deposition in a civil matter, the comedian would not be prosecuted.
It was, however, used against him in court, and he did not receive the promised immunity from self-incrimination. As a result, Cosby was found guilty, notwithstanding his entitlement to due process.
Therefore, Cosby was able to go free, with no repercussions for his crimes.