Bill Cosby is out.
He’s not innocent, he has no new evidence about his sexual assault case – and Bill is not likely to pay the bill he owes for the trial.
All good for the formerly beloved TV dad; all not so good for Montgomery County, Pa., now stuck with the tab.
When the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction on Wednesday, the dollar figures came to light:
A representative from the county DA’s office told Fox Business that Cosby was on the hook for an as-yet-unpaid amount $76,077.79, but that the order has since been vacated.
A report from Associate Press revealed the cost of Cosby’s 2017 trial to the local government was approximately $219,000, with half of that going to security and court staffing. Jurors’ expenses for hotel and meals was $60,000.
But wait, there’s more. The re-trial in 2018 – initiated because the first trial ended in a hung jury – continued to bleed cash. One news agency in the Northeast pegged the new number at around $420,000.
The DA’s office rep couldn’t provide new dollar figures for Fox Business’ story.
Cosby, 83, has served two years of a three- to 10-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.
Part of the sentencing was that Cosby had to pay a fine of $25,000 and the costs of prosecution.
Now, it’s no longer part of the disgraced TV dad’s tab.
Cosby had argued the encounter was consensual, though the verdict was overturned because the court believed Cosby was denied due process, that his sworn depositions were given in exchange for the DA’s assurance that Cosby would not be prosecuted.
The court added that Cosby can’t be prosecuted again based on these particular charges.