Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand has broken her silence about the disgraced comedian’s release from prison, saying she felt “disgusting” watching him celebrate his sexual assault conviction being overturned and says she feels sorry for his wife Camille.
In her first TV interview since Cosby was released from prison, Constand told NBC News that she wasn’t surprised by the scenes of Cosby flashing a peace sign in the air as he arrived back at his Pennsylvania mansion in July.
“Didn’t surprise me given the level of the arrogance and having no remorse. During the time he was incarcerated, absolutely zero remorse for what he did to me,” the 48-year-old Canadian said during the interview, which was released Tuesday.
“He’s a sexually violent predator, who basically was let out of jail.”
Cosby was freed after 2.5 years in prison following his conviction for assaulting Constand after she accused him of drugging and molesting her at his home in 2004.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court found the district attorney back in 2005 had made a secret agreement with Cosby that he wouldn’t be criminally charged if he copped to what he had done.
The court ruled in July that the new DA was bound by that verbal agreement, which resulted in the TV star’s conviction being overturned.
Despite being “shocked” and “disappointed” by the decision, Constand said she felt that her sexual assault allegations were believed.
“Bill Cosby walks free. But it doesn’t change the fact that my testimony was believed,” she said.
Asked what she would say to Cosby’s wife Camille, who has stood by her husband over the years, Constand said: “I’d say I’m sorry for you.”
“I almost would want to say, I’m sorry. I’ve forgiven. I’ve found peace. There was nothing happy for me about seeing somebody put in handcuffs and put into a van and taken to jail. It’s all sad. Lives impacted. Families ruined.”
Constand said she had no regrets about the years-long battle.
“I have come way too far to go back to that place to wonder whether it’s all worth it or to have regrets. It was worth it,” she said.
“It was worth it because I didn’t feel alone. I had a whole community, a whole army of women and other survivors, strangers, family, friends, who were right there with me.”