ACTRESS Phylicia Rashad said a "terrible wrong is being righted" when Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction was thrown out.
Howard University has issued a statement about Rashad – the incoming dean of the school's fine arts college.
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What did Howard University say about Phylicia Rashad's Bill Cosby tweet?
Howard University criticized a tweet written by Rashad, who expressed support for her former co-star Cosby.
"FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!" Rashad wrote on June 30.
Cosby was released from prison the same day after serving nearly three years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
After being heavily criticized for her tweet, Rashad would add another one hours later, writing: "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."
Howard University said that Rashad’s initial tweet about Cosby “lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.”
“Personal positions of university leadership do not reflect Howard University’s policies,” read the university's statement.
“We will continue to advocate for survivors fully and support their right to be heard.”
Rashad, who starred on The Cosby Show with Cosby, is the incoming dean of Howard’s fine arts college.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that District Attorney Kevin Steele, who made the decision to arrest Cosby, was obligated to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge Cosby, though there was no evidence that agreement was ever put in writing.
Justice David Wecht, writing for a split court, said Cosby had relied on the previous DA's decision not to charge him when the comedian gave his potentially incriminating testimony.
The justices said that overturning the conviction and barring any further prosecution “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”
Cosby cannot be retried in the case.
“What we saw today was justice, justice for all Americans," said Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt.
”Mr Cosby’s conviction being overturned is for the world and all Americans who are being treated unfairly by the judicial system and some bad officers."
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