Bill Cosby has thanked Snoop Dogg via Instagram and Twitter posts after the hip-hop star called for his release.
He then said “Free Bill Cosby”, and posted images on Instagram of King and Winfrey with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Cosby, who is currently serving a sentence in Pennsylvania Prison for sexual assault, criticised CBS newsreader Gayle King for trying “to tarnish the legacy of successful black men”, in an Instagram response.
“Snoop – when they brought me to my gated community and placed me inside of my penthouse, they didn’t win nor did they silence me”, he wrote.
Another sentence reads: “My heartfelt prayers are with Kobe and his family, as well as with Michael Jackson and his family.”
Cosby concluded his post with a list of hashtags, including “#ThankYouSnoopDogg”, ”#StopTearingDownBlackMen”, “#KobeLegacyLivesOn”, and “#MichaelJacksonLegacyLivesOn”.
In Snoop Dogg’s video, the artist had also criticised talk show legend Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey had publically supported the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which focused on men who allege they were raped by Michael Jackson when they were children.
Here is Cosby’s full response:
It is unclear how Cosby was able to access social media from prison; it has also not been confirmed whether the post was made by Cosby personally.