DENVER (KDVR) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Wednesday. Cosby has been released from prison after serving more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia.
Cosby was convicted in 2018 for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Constand is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.
Two of Cosby’s sexual assault accusers are from Colorado. One of those women is Beth Ferrier.
“I’m Jane Doe No. 5. There were 13 of us. I came forward in 2005,” Ferrier said in 2015.
Ferrier said she met Cosby in New York in 1984.
“He drugged me in ’86. He drugged me after one of his shows here. He was really p***** off because I wouldn’t meet him at dinner or go to the Oxford [Hotel in downtown Denver],” she said.
Another Colorado woman, Heidi Thomas, was one of five women who testified in the case against him.
She said Cosby assaulted her when she was 24 years old as she was trying to launch an acting career. She said he offered to coach her, but he drugged her and sexually assaulted her.
“No one would have believed that ‘Mr. Jell-O Pudding Pop … Dr. Huxtable’ was capable of rape and sexual assault. I would’ve been laughed off the planet,” Thomas shared in 2016.
She told FOX31 she was “shocked” and “caught completely off guard” after the news came out on Wednesday.
“(I felt like I was) sucker punched is my best description. A punch to the gut. A slap in the face. And after the initial shock you go into the anger piece,” said Thomas.
Former District Attorney George Brauchler, who has prosecuted countless sex assault cases also had a hard time believing the development.
“It is a devastating outcome for the victim and likely for the people involved in that prosecution. The prosecutor in this case should have never moved forward with this prosecution,” said Brauchler. “I don’t think anyone should come away from this decision and say ‘oh Bill Cosby didn’t engage in criminal conduct, or he didn’t do something wrong’ that’s not their opinion. Their opinion is their conviction was earned improperly,” added Brauchler.
Megan Carvajal is the Executive Director of Blue Bench which is working to end sexual assaults in Colorado.
“Survivors have a hard time believing they will be supported. It creates a space where they trust less, they feel unsafe. They feel like they will not be supported,” said Carvajal.
Women have alleged Cosby assaulted them over the past 40 years. Most of the allegations have passed statutes of limitations, preventing criminal legal action.
In May, Cosby was denied parole after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison.