An unfortunate mistake in a BBC News report forced presenter Huw Edwards to apologise to viewers after a newsreader accidentally mentioned Bill Clinton in a story about Bill Cosby.
The actor’s 2018 sexual assault conviction was overturned on Wednesday by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, leading to his sensational release from prison.
The 83-year-old had been sentenced to up to 10 years after being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Journalist Michelle Fleury was broadcasting live from Philadelphia when she made the the slip-up.
She told Huw: ‘For the last two years this has been where Bill Clinton has called home but tonight he will sleep in his own bed after the bombshell decision by Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn his conviction of sexual assault on the grounds that his fifth amendment rights, that is the right against self-incrimination, were violated.’
Back in the studio after the report, the ever-reliable anchor informed viewers there had been a mix-up between the Cosby Show star and the 42nd president of the United States.
Michelle Fleury accidentally mixed up Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton in her report (Picture: BBC)
Huw explained: ‘Just to clarify what was said there in Michelle’s introduction to the story when she mistakenly said Bill Clinton instead of Bill Cosby.
‘We apologise for the mistake the story is of course about Bill Cosby the entertainer.’
I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence.
Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law. #BillCosby pic.twitter.com/bxELvJWDe5
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 30, 2021
In a statement after his release, Cosby tweeted for the first time as a free man saying in a statement: ‘I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence.
‘Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law.’
Credit: Original article published here.