Hours after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction, Bill Cosby was released from prison and returned home.
He entered his Elkins Park estate at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, his car stopping briefly as a man approached, calling out good wishes to Cosby. The former entertainer neither rolled down his window nor spoke to reporters gathered at the gate. He wore no expression.
Cosby emerged from his home later in the afternoon alongside his team of lawyers to celebrate his release, but did not address the public himself.
The 83-year-old smiled and held up a peace sign as fans cheered, but when asked by a news reporter how he was feeling, he deflected to his attorney, Jennifer Bonjean.
“He says his heart is just beating really fast,” Bonjean said.
”This was an unwanted three-year vacation that Mr. Cosby never asked for,” family spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said of Cosby’s time in prison. “But in hindsight, we are happy that he got it, because he was able to pull off the covers of corruption in Montgomery County.”
Cosby — wearing a Central High School Class 256 t-shirt — leaned on attorney Brian Perry for support as he shuffled back toward his home. His wife, Camille Cosby, was not with them.
Earlier, Wyatt had come to the front gate, reaching across to shake hands with a couple of cheering supporters as he shouted, “We did it! We did it!”
News photographers and TV camera people had been gathered at the front of the estate, anticipating that he might return there upon his release.
A couple of cars stopped, their drivers leaning out to ask what the fuss was about.
”Is he coming home?” one man asked “It’s a good thing. My neighbor is coming home.”
A few homeowners stood on front porches and stared at the property, located just off Church Road near Elkins Park School. Even after he entered the home, neighbors and others stood along the front fencing, staring.
A lone protester stood outside the house, shouting, “We believe the women! We believe the survivors!”
Staff writer Ellie Rushing contributed to this article.