JUST IN: Court overturns Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

In what appeared to be a dramatic twist to an otherwise established case, Pennsylvania's highest court has overturned American stand-up comedian, Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction on Wednesday.

BLOOMBERG reported that the new development follows the discovery of an agreement with a previous prosecutor which prevented Bill Cosby from being charged in the case.

The 83-year-old has served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence after being found guilty of drugging and violating Temple University sports administrator, Andrea Constand, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

He was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era.

Bill Cosby, a groundbreaking Black actor who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, made a fortune estimated at $400 million during his 50 years in the entertainment industry.

His trademark clean comedy fueled popular TV shows, books and standup acts.

He fell from favour in his later years as he lectured the Black community about family values, but was attempting a comeback when he was arrested.

The AP does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.

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