It's been one year since Bill Cosby was sent home from prison, and new video from that day shows the disgraced comedian detailing how he found out about his release.
During his ride home from SCI Phoenix, Cosby's publicist recorded their conversation.
"It's starting to hit," Cosby told Andrew V. Wyatt in the newly released one-year-old video. "I was in the bed, in the cot, and they opened the door because it's one o'clock, and about four or five guys yelling, 'Bill, get up! You're going home!' And they put the shoes, my shower shoes on the wrong foot, and I said wait, and they said, 'No, you don't understand, you're free!' And I said, 'What is this, Juneteenth?' But man, when I left, murderers, rapists, bank robbers, wife beaters, all clapping."
On June 30, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the comedian's felony sexual assault conviction nearly three years into his three-to-10-year prison sentence. In 2018, he was found guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, at his home in 2004.
According to the state's Supreme Court judges last year, Cosby should not have faced a criminal trial because a previous district attorney had years earlier agreed not to charge the man once known as America's Dad after he was deposed in a civil lawsuit that Andrea brought in 2005 in which he gave potentially incriminating testimony.
The Supreme Court also disagreed with the trial judge's decision to let five other women testify to prove a pattern of abuse. In layman's terms, the high court said Cosby's rights were violated.
During the ride home, Cosby told his rep, "I'm a free man, you know." He later said he needed to "rest" because his heart was "heavy."
Prior to the lengthy video, Andrew had teased its release. He also posted a up-to-date photo of the man once known as Inmate NN7687, which "The Cosby Show" alum reposted.
"After two years and 10 months fighting for my life and the truth – one year of freedom home with my family sure looks good on me (At least that's what my wife says)," Cosby captioned the photo.
The anniversary of the release comes just a week after a jury found Cosby liable in a civil case brought by Judy Huth, a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her as a 17-year-old in the 1970. She was awarded $500,000 in damages.
The woman alleged that Cosby molested her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion.
"I was elated," Judy said of the verdict. "It has been so many years, so many tears."
Cosby's rep said the former actor was happy with the verdict. "What happened today wasn't a victory, because they didn't get the punitive damages," the spokesman said.