Bill Cosby freed as sex conviction reversal stuns Hollywood: 'Shame on the court'

·Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
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Bill Cosby is a free man, despite 60 women credibly accusing the once-beloved actor of sexual assault.

News of Cosby's 2018 conviction being overturned sent shockwaves across social media on Wednesday, with many stars decrying the "miscarriage of justice." However, the comedian's Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad was not one of those people as she is celebrating news of his release.

Actress and Time's Up co-founder Amber Tamblyn, said she's "furious" over the ruling, alleging she knows "women who this man drugged and raped while unconscious."

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Rosie O'Donnell had an expletive message for Cosby, writing, "f*** u Bill," while Rosanna Arquette and members of the media expressed heartache for his victims. 

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Dylan Farrow, who has claimed for decades she was abused by father, Woody Allen, issued a lengthy statement about the justice system failing sexual assault survivors. (She also referenced Wednesday's news that James Franco paid $2.2 million settlement in his misconduct lawsuit.)

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But no one's tweet caused quite a reaction like Rashad's message of justice being "corrected." The actress, who co-starred as Clair Huxtable, fiercely defended her co-star.

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Gretchen Carlson was among those who told the actress "should be ashamed" of the message.

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In a follow-up tweet, Rashad said she "fully" supports sexual assault survivors coming forward and did not mean for her message to be "insensitive."

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court tossed Cosby's conviction, ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor's agreement never to charge the actor. Cosby was three years in to a three to 10-year sentence after being found guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He was the first big star to be convicted in the #MeToo era.

In his own statement on Twitter late Wednesday, Cosby once again proclaimed his innocence and thanked supporters.

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