Bill Cosby is an American stand-up comedian, actor and author popularly known for his role in television shows like ‘I Spy,’ ‘Fat Albert’ and ‘The Cosby Show. Throughout his career, Cosby has been awarded several times and he made history for being the first African American to earn an Emmy Award. Despite the fame, Cosby was accused by several women and in 2018 was found guilty of sexual assault. In this post, we will take a look at why Bill Cosby was in Jail, his case in court, the facts and how he gained his freedom.
Bill Cosby Biography
Cosby was born William Henry Cosby Jr. on 12 July 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Anna Pearl and William Henry Cosby Sr. Bill’s father served in the U.S Navy as a mess steward while his mother was a maid. Cosby was not born alone. He has three other siblings.
Bill completed FitzSimons Junior High School, Philadelphia’s Central High School and Germantown High School (transfer). Whiles in school, young Bill was very active in sports and loved to joke around instead of studying and was often referred to as the class clown. He also acted in dramas whiles in school.
In 1956, Cosby enlisted in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. He worked in physical therapy with Navy and Marine Corps personnel who were injured during the Korean War. He served until 1960 when he became a petty officer 3rd class. In 1961, Cosby enrolled at Temple University but later left to pursue his career in comedy. From there, he was featured in several shows. Let’s take a look at some below.
Bill Cosby’s Movies
- Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow. Right!
- Why Is There Air?
- When I Was A Kid
- For Adults
- Far from Finished, etc.
Why Was Bill Cosby In Jail?
Bill Cosby had a tough time in 2014 after several women accused him of sexually assaulting them. Many of his accusers said their encounters with him happened from the mid-1960s to 2008. However, the comedian denied the allegations and maintained his innocence.
A total of over 50 women accused the actor of sexual misconduct. On 30 December 2015, an arrest warrant was issued for the alleged drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand in January 2004. On September 25, 2018, Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in Philadelphia in 2004. In June 2019, Cosby filed for appeal arguing that it was improper for the judge to permit the testimony of the five women to bolster Constand’s case. Two years later in June 2021, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his case setting him free.