Bill Cosby celebrated his 84th birthday as a free man Monday — a day after
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele doubled down on his position
that the comedian belongs back in Pennsylvania prison.
“On my Birthday — I wholeheartedly thank you for your support, thank you for
fighting for my freedom and thank you for staying grounded and on the case,” Cosby
said in a statement to supporters.
In his own statement Sunday, Steele vehemently defended his decision to prosecute
Cosby for his alleged 2004 sexual assault of former Temple University staffer Andrea
A jury convicted Cosby of aggravated indecent assault in 2018, but Pennsylvania
Supreme Court overturned the conviction two weeks ago, saying the actor’s due
process rights were violated because Steele’s predecessor declined to bring charges
under a supposed scheme to secure Cosby’s deposition testimony for Constand’s civil
Cosby was released from prison within hours of the June 30 ruling.
Steele said he decided to weigh in again Sunday to address “a tremendous amount of
misinformation about what actually took place in this criminal prosecution.”
Earlier in the weekend, WHTM-TV aired an interview with Pennsylvania Supreme
Court Chief Justice Max Baer in which the judge said the court didn’t exonerate
Cosby, rather it found that DA Steele “broke the rules” by ignoring an “immunity”
“We certainly didn’t find Bill Cosby not guilty or find him innocent. What we found
was what the state did was inappropriate,” Chief Justice Baer said.