Former "Cosby Show" star Phylicia Rashad
applauded the court's decision to overturn Bill Cosby
's sexual assault
conviction on Wednesday, calling it "a terrible wrong being righted."
have accused veteran comedian
Bill Cosby of rape
or sexual assault, and he was sentenced to three to ten years in prison
in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
However, due to a previous prosecutor's agreement not to charge Cosby, Pennsylvania
's state Supreme Court
overturned Cosby's sexual assault conviction on Wednesday, allowing his release from prison.
Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable, wife
of Cosby's Cliff Huxtable on the popular, long-running sitcom, tweeted shortly after the news
broke that a "miscarriage
of justice has been corrected!"
FINALLY!!! A terrible wrong has been righted- a miscarriage of justice has been corrected! pic.twitter.com/NrGUdwr23c — Phylicia Rashad (@PhyliciaRashad) June 30, 2021
Rashad later attempted to walk back her tweet, saying she "fully supports[s] survivors of sexual assault coming forward" and that her post was "in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth."
Rashad was recently appointed dean of Howard University
Arts, and the university did not respond to Stardia's request for comment right away.
Around 60 women have come forward over the years accusing Cosby of rape or sexual assault, but the majority of the alleged offenses occurred too long ago for criminal prosecution.
If you need assistance, call RAINN's National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or go to the website of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.