Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby’s former TV wife, celebrates his release in a tweet

(WJW / AP) – Bill Cosby’s former TV wife Phylicia Rashad replied shortly after news that the actor’s sexual assault conviction was overturned on Wednesday: “FINALLY !!!”

“A terrible injustice will be redressed – a miscarriage of justice will be corrected,” she continued in a tweet. Rashad turned off replies to the tweet, causing an angry wave of reactions on social media.

Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” and is now Dean of Howard University’s College of Fine ArtsShe has maintained her support for the actor.

Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Wednesday after reaching a settlement with a former prosecutor that prevented charges against him. He will be released from prison, but it is not clear when.

Cosby has served over two years of a three to ten year prison term in a state prison near Philadelphia. He had vowed to serve out every 10 years instead of recognizing remorse over meeting prosecutor Andrea Constand in 2004.

83-year-old Cosby, once loved as “America’s father”, has been convicted of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee on his suburban estate.

After being charged in late 2015, Rashad told Showbiz 411 that she saw no reference to the women’s behavior attributed to the legendary actor.

“What you see is the destruction of a legacy,” she said at the time. “And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who does it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that’s so important to culture. “

The actress said she loved Cosby and was defending his wife. There is no way Camille Cosby would represent such behavior by her 50-year-old husband.

She also spoke about the legacy of the beloved show, which cemented her and Cosby as one of television’s favorite couples.

“This show represented America to the outside world,” she said. “That was the American family. And now you see how it is destroyed. Why?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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