On June 30, 2021, Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction was overturned by a court and he was expected to be released from prison. In the aftermath of the news, actress Phylicia Rashad, who portrayed Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," tweeted: "FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"
It's true that the tweet came from Rashad's verified Twitter account.
It had no replies underneath. Instead, it said: "Who can reply? People @PhyliciaRashad follows or mentioned can reply."
However, Twitter users still responded to Rashad's tweet about Cosby with quote tweets.
CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski also noted Rashad was trending on Twitter.
Another CNN personality, Jake Tapper, referred to Rashad's time on "The Cosby Show."
Additionally, @PrestonMitchum tweeted to Rashad of Cosby's past: "He’s still a rapist and an abuser. Period."
Several tweets mentioned that Rashad had recently returned to be a new dean of the Howard University College of Fine Arts, which was true.
After more than an hour, Rashad's tweet about Cosby's prison release had received nearly 20,000 quote tweets.
She later added a second tweet.
It said: "I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing."
Cosby's 2018 Conviction
In April 2018, The Associated Press reported that Cosby was convicted of "drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad."
It also published that "a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004," but "claimed the encounter was consensual."
Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.
In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand’s lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.'” The sedative was a popular party drug before the U.S. banned it more than 30 years ago.
Cosby also acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter. But he identified them as the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl and insisted they were meant to help her relax.