On Wednesday, Bill Cosby was released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his obscene assault verdict. Cosby had been charged with drug use and harassment on his property by Andrea Constand, a former Temple College employee, in 2004. He was charged with an alleged assault in 2015 and was later arrested a few days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. .
Cosby had claimed that his contact with Constand had been unanimous.
The Keystone State Supreme Court has cast the comedian’s belief over a contract with Cosby’s former prosecutor, which would have prevented Cosby from prosecuting the case. The verdict further prevented a retrial.
The 83-year-old actor / comedian was sentenced to two to ten years in prison.
“[Cosby] the jury found him guilty and now goes free in a procedural matter that is irrelevant to the facts of the crime, “attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement on Wednesday.” I hope that this decision will not undermine the reporting of sexual offenses. from the victims. “
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Although the DA stated that the actor was free from procedural issues, Cosby maintained his innocence on social media on Wednesday.
“I have never changed my attitude or my story. I have always kept my innocence.
Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for upholding the rule of law. #BillCosby, “Bill Cosby posted to Twitter from @BillCosby.
Shortly after the 83-year-old actress was released from the news, Cosby was a trend on social media. Most users suggested a lack of fairness.
“This decision was highly controversial and controversial,” said Angelica Gianchandani, a residency practitioner in brand marketing and leading MBA programs at the University of New Haven.
“It made the audience react and created this viral story,” Gianchandani added. “Social media has proven to be very important because it gives a verdict to angry platforms to tell their stories.”
Because it was a legal technical matter, not an exemption, social media provided a platform to share the anger.
“Hashtag #MeToo had created this force for the platform,” said Gianchandani. “Women who felt quiet around the world could feel safe online.”
Cosby’s post, released on Wednesday night, had about 8,400 likes and about 2,100 retweets by Thursday – not exactly significant numbers for such a high-profile celebrity. When social media usually brought out those on both sides of the issue, it seemed that few were willing to stand alongside the disgraceful actor / comedian.
Phylicia Rashad (@PhylicaRasha), a former driver of two of her TV series on social media, who wrote on social media, wrote: “FINALLY !!!! A terrible flaw is being fixed – the abuse of justice has been corrected!”
His tweets were really a trend on social media, being held more than 18,800 times and borrowed more than 34,000 times. Still, most were No in support – so much so that the former TV actor clarified his statement.
“I fully support the emergence of survivors of sexual violence. My message was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. I personally know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is healing,” Rashad posted.
Howard University went so far as to reject the support Rashad, the new dean of the visual arts program, had shown to your friend.
“Victims of sexual violence are always our top priority,” he wrote Howard University’s verified social media account on Instagram. “While Dean Rashad has admitted in his follow-up tweet that victims need to be heard and believed, his original tweet lacked sensitivity to survivors of sexual violence.”
Such a counterattack was to be expected, Gianchandani said.
“Rashad had a personal connection to Cosby, but in this case, you have to think about your brand,” Gianchandani added. “You have to be careful with what you say, because it’s clear Rashad got into a sticky situation.”
The question is, is social media really the right place to weigh in on such things?
“When you put something on social media, it’s a platform that you can use to increase visibility and spread it to a global audience,” Gianchandani said. “If it goes viral, especially people want to call. Social media is now everyone’s forum to tell their stories. For the average person who is powerful.
“For a woman who has been sexually assaulted, it gives her a voice she may not have,” Gianchandani explained. “For a person who does not have money, reputation or influence, it can become a strong forum where he can demand justice.”