The lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand in 2005 against comedian Bill Cosby has finally come to an end, but Constand is not happy about it.
The lawsuit battle, charging Cosby for sexual assault, had been going on for over a decade, and now it's concluded with an overturned verdict. Unsatisfied with the court’s ruling, Constand took to Twitter to share her words of disappointment regarding the issue.
Andrea Constand Put Bill Cosby Behind Bars
The lawsuit, which made the headlines several times throughout the years, was filed in March 2005. The alleged rape victim, Andrea Constand, who is an operations director for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, claimed the assault took place in 2004 at Cosby’s Pennsylvania home.
As per the claim, Cosby, a father to five children and a husband to his spouse Camille Hanks, first drugged Constand and then took advantage of the situation while unconscious.
As People reported, at the time, Constand, who is gay, was involved in a romantic relationship with a woman and was not interested in Cosby whatsoever.
Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby in 2005 (Source: answersafrica)
Though the incident took place in 2004, the case was filed against Cosby only a year later. Having not found reasonable evidence, the prosecutor dismissed the case.
Also, both the parties agreed never to talk about the case publicly and settled for an unrevealed amount of cash compensation. However, the compensation amount was later found out to be 3.4 million dollars.
But, due to the fact that both parties broke the confidentiality agreement, the case reopened in 2015. At the time of the case, more women came forth claiming they were also the victim of Cosby's molestation.
In 2018, Cosby was found guilty and sentenced to three to ten years in state prison. However, after serving almost three years in state prison, in June 2021, the case was overturned, and he was immediately freed from the prison.
Unsatisfied with the court’s decision, Constand showed her disappointment through a Twitter post on June 1, 2021, which said the overturned verdict might discourage those who seek justice for sexual assault in the criminal justice system. However, she also showed her gratitude to the women who came forth to speak against Cosby’s sexual assault.
Phylicia Rashad Takes Stand For Cosby?
Amid the controversial release of Cosby from the prison, his former co-star Rashad came to the limelight when she shared a Twitter post celebrating his release. The post said,
FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!" Rashad tweeted, along with a photo of Cosby.
It didn't take too long for her to start receiving criticism for her post, and soon she deleted it. The actress later made another post clarifying that her earlier Twitter statement wasn't meant to support Cosby's act, but was to wish for healing.
The Cosby Show star, who was recently appointed as the Howard University's alum also apologized to the students and parents of the university for her heavily criticized Twitter statement and wrote a letter of apology, which said,
My remarks were in no way directed towards survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and I know that Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy toward interpersonal violence.
Why Was the Cosby Case Overturned?
As reported by ABC News, the reason for Cosby's release was due to the verbal agreement between Cosby and the previous district attorney. And as per the agreement, the attorney had promised Cosby to withdraw all the sexual charges against him.
However, the agreement demanded Cosby to confess the truth and so he did.
But, later, the case was overseen by another prosecutor who brought back the charges. Though the prosecutor claimed that he wasn't bound by the previous verbal agreement, the court, however, concluded that the agreement still stood firm.
And hence, the court overturned the verdict and finally freed Cosby from the charges.
Wiki on Her Personal Details
Constand, who stands at the height of six feet, is a former basketball player and played at the University of Arizona. Born in 1973 to parents Gianna Constand and Andy Constand, she belongs to mixed ethnicity and holds a Canadian nationality.
As for her personal life, Constand once confessed with the Guardian that she never married and had no partner. And that she lived alone with her pet dogs. She further mentioned,
My life revolves around my work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. Many of my clients need help reducing the effects of accumulated stress. I no longer play basketball but I try to stay fit.