'Is This A Dream?': Inside Bill Cosby's Release From Prison
Following Bill Cosby's release from prison, the 83-year-old's spokesperson revealed that The Cosby Show alum asked "is this a dream?" when he was freed.
Andrew Wyatt said Cosby was in disbelief when he got into the car that would take him back to his home. "He said, 'Are you real?' I said, 'I'm real, touch me.' He said, 'Look, people can sometimes feel things in dreams.' And I said, 'Mr. Cosby this is real. You're free,'" Wyatt told the Daily Mail.
The outlet also obtained photos of Cosby eating pizza following the release.
According to Wyatt, Cosby shook his hand and said he would go down in history for the work he did on his behalf. Approximately 24 hours later, Cosby was reunited with his 77-year-old wife Camille.
Wyatt said the reunion was "like watching teenage love": "The way she touched him and said, 'Billy.' He said, 'My dear Camille.'" Cosby is said to have not wanted his wife or daughters to see him as a prisoner.
More than 60 women made sexual abuse allegations against Cosby, which he has denied.
When Wyatt first heard that the Supreme Court overturned Cosby's 2018 conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, he did not share the news. "I didn't tell anyone because it's been a roller-coaster and so many people have come with information saying that he's not going to be sentenced, he's not going to be charged, he's not going to be convicted," he explained. "It's emotionally and mentally draining."
Wyatt waited until he was sure the news was true before informing Cosby's wife. "I called Mrs. Cosby and said, 'You're not going to believe this. They've vacated his entire conviction. They threw it out in perpetuity.' And she said, 'No, we need to check this,'" he explained.
When she found out, Camille was en route to New York while Wyatt was already on the way to Pennsylvania, where Cosby was being held at the State Correctional Institution Phoenix. He informed her that he would bring her husband to her. Meanwhile, Cosby was asleep in his cell.
According to Wyatt, the guards woke Cosby up to tell him he was free. "He said, 'I heard all these inmates shouting, kicking the doors, shouting 'Get outta here Bill, Uncle Bill, the Godfather,'" Wyatt explained.
"I thought it was a fight going on. I don't know what's happening," Cosby — who lost his vision several years ago due to a degenerative eye condition called keratoconus — told Wyatt.
Cosby had been convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault and served almost three years of the three to ten-year sentence he was given at the time. The release was reportedly due to a promise a previous district attorney had made not to charge Cosby.
Shortly after his release on Wednesday, June 30, Cosby released a statement on Twitter. "I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence. Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law. #BillCosby," he wrote.
As previously reported by OK!, Cosby is said to be getting to work on a docuseries about his life, including his trial and time behind bars. The series will also reportedly feature interviews from family, friends and other celebrities.