The comedian, 83, took to his Twitter page to deny both “non-consensual” sex and “drugging” women in a series of tweets and accused the news media of taking his words out of context.
He made the remarks days after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction, setting him free less than three years into his sentence and ruling that he could not be prosecuted for the same crime again.
“In response to the rhetoric that the media keeps pushing, Bill Cosby never admitted in his deposition testimony, or anywhere else, to non-consensual sexual contact with any woman and/or the drugging of anyone — he has never admitted to spiking drinks, as the media would like you,” the statement began.
“He has never admitted to spiking drinks, as the media would like you to believe. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence, before and after being falsely convicted of aggravated indecent assault,” it continued.
“Mainstream media has irresponsibly, egregiously, and inexcusably misled the public with out of context coverage regarding Bill Cosby’s deposition testimony. This shall serve as a grave reminder of the consequences that come with lying to the American people to satisfy an agenda,” the statement concluded.
The American comedian and actor has long maintained his innocence in the case, which stems from an accusation that he drugged and had sex with a Temple University employee in 2004. He was charged in late 2015 when a prosecutor armed with newly unsealed evidence Cosby’s damaging deposition from her lawsuit arrested him days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired.
In 2018, Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, at his suburban Penn., estate back in 2004.
The “Cosby Show” star served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia.