Where Is Bill Cosby Now? A Look into the Recent Life of the Convicted Comedian
Trigger Warning: This report contains news about drug-facilitated molestation and misconduct.
William Henry Cosby Jr., professionally known as Bill Cosby, is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He dominated the TV industry for almost six decades. He started as a stand-up comedian but soon landed his sitcom, The Bill Cosby Show.
Since then, Cosby never had to look back. He was doing stand-up comedy, television, movies, and even singing. The actor has also been the recipient of ten Grammy Awards, four Primetime Emmys, and two Golden Globes, among others.
Cosby’s successful career came to an end in 2018 after he was convicted for various charges.
Where is Bill Cosby Now?
In 2018, Cosby was charged for molesting an employee of Temple University in 2004. He was sentenced to three to ten years in state prison as per the District Attorney Montgomery County Office, Pennsylvania.
Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison. — Montgomery County DA (@MontcopaDA) September 25, 2018
According to his sentence, the comedian had to serve at least three years in prison after which he could be eligible for supervised release.
On March 2021, a YouTube video had surfaced, leading people to believe that Cosby had been released from the state prison.
The video was highly misleading since the thumbnail has a picture of the actor in a formal suit and walking with police. The video has over 394,000 views.
The video was debunked by USA Today. As per their report, Cosby is currently in SCI Phoenix, a facility in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and his charges have not been dropped.
Allegations and Charges Against Cosby
To date, almost 60 women have come forward with various allegations, including drug-facilitated molestation and misconduct—the earliest allegations dated back to the mid-1960s to 2008.
The allegations came to light in 2014 after comedian Hannibal Buress did a stand-up routine talking about Cosby’s pattern of misbehavior. To date, Cosby has denied all the accusations against him.
Regardless, the allegations were taken seriously, and various organizations boycotted him.
His honorary degrees and awards like Honorary Chief Petty Officer from U.S. Navy, TCA Career Achievement Award, and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, among others, were also rescinded.
While there have been many criminal and civil cases against Cosby, the one that landed him to prison was for molesting Andrea Constand. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
The molestation had taken place in early 2004, which was consensual, according to Cosby. Nonetheless, the Jury found him guilty.
Including jail time, the comedian had to pay a $25,000 fine and pay for the cost of his prosecution. Cosby did appeal in 2019; however, the verdict was upheld.
In December 2020, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson had called for Cosby’s release amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Jackson had focused on the risks faced by the comedian while being held in prison.
Cosby’s lawyers had tried to get him an early release, but it was not granted because of the charges he was convicted of. Hence, the comedian is still serving his sentence at the state prison.
Where is Bill Cosby Now?
On June 30, 2021, Cosby walked out of prison, free of all convictions. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court overturned the comedian's conviction because of a previous process violation.
Cosby's lawyers and the state prosecutor had agreed that Cosby would not get charged as a result of this deposition in a civil case.
However, it was used against him in court and did not get the promised protection against self-incrimination. As a result, Cosby was convicted, which was against his due process rights.
Because of this, Cosby walked out a free man, facing no consequences for his crimes.