Andrea Constand, Bill Cosby’s accuser, has spoken out about the comedian’s release from prison two months ago.
Constand is the woman whose evidence helped put the comedian behind bars after she accused him of drugging and molesting her, only for his conviction to be overturned in June on a technicality.
Constand says she was astonished and angered by the court ruling after Cosby’s conviction was overturned in a new interview with The New York Times to promote her new memoir.
She explained, ‘I had a knot in my throat.’ ‘I had the distinct impression they were releasing a predator, and it made me sick.’
‘I was pretty astonished,’ she replied when asked about the comedian’s sentence being overturned. Disappointed.’
‘I’ve come way too far to go back to that place to wonder if it’s all worth it or to have regrets,’ she insisted. It was well worth the effort. ‘It was well worth the effort.’
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed Cosby’s 2018 conviction in June, allowing him to walk free after almost three years in prison.
Constand, a Canadian former basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, initiated the allegations, which resulted in the conviction after two trials.
The court ruled that Cosby relied on a written guarantee from a district attorney that if he supplied incriminating testimony in Constand’s civil action, he would never be indicted, only to have that testimony later used against him in two criminal trials.
In that lawsuit case, Cosby agreed to pay Constand $3.8 million.
Prosecutors in suburban Philadelphia must decide whether to appeal the ruling to the United States Supreme Court by the end of the month.
Constand has opted to relate her story in a memoir called ‘The Moment,’ which will be released on Tuesday.
She stated that she was enraged when she learned of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s judgment since it meant he’d be out on the streets.
‘They were distraught, they were so outraged,’ she added of the calls and messages she got from other women who had accused Cosby.
‘I just thought this is not my concern after a few deep breaths,’ she explained. It has now made me believe that the Supreme Court is to blame. It’s no longer my responsibility.’