Bill Cosby Explains Why His Prison Stint Is Comparable to Political Prisoners Like MLK, Mandela
Written by jm on 02/16/2019
It’s been nearly 5 months since Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a woman he knew from his alma mater Temple University. And he recently gave his first statement through his publicist Andrew V. Wyatt.
“He’s mentally strong. He’s just a strong man,” Wyatt told NBC 10 Philadelphia earlier this week. “Despite the circumstances, he said ‘This is an amazing experience.’ When I visit him, it’s nothing sad about it. He will never have remorse, and the reason why he has no remorse is because he did nothing wrong. He was not guilty.”
Wyatt spoke of how the disgraced comedian is living day to day at SCI Phoenix, which is almost 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. He now weighs around 195 pounds after losing weight and also gave up coffee, bread and all deserts.
It’s also been said that based on Cosby’s instruction, his wife Camille Cosby or his kids haven’t visited him in prison since the start of his sentence, and they won’t. Although he speaks to his wife three times a day over the phone.
Cosby’s sentence came down in April 2018 after about 60 women accused him of either drugging them, sexually assaulting them or both. According to Constand, who gave her first interview to the “Today” show one month after the sentence, Cosby offered her three pills and said they’d make her feel better.
Constand remembered not being able to stand shortly after taking the pills, so the former TV star assisted her to the couch, where the sexual assault took place.
“I was crying out inside in my throat, in my mind, for this to stop, and I couldn’t do anything,” she recalled.
After NBC 10 Philadelphia’s interview with Wyatt aired, Cosby issued a statement to explain why he wasn’t sorry for his actions and doesn’t have any regret. He also compared himself to a political prisoner.
“My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders, and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron,” he stated.
“So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!” he added.
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Statement From Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby Re: Erin Coleman’s (NBC 10) Special On His Life Being Incarcerated I heard about Ms. Coleman’s (NBC 10) interview from the residents here. Here’s why I, [Mr. Cosby] have “no” remorse and will never have remorse. I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million dollars; I waived my 5th amendment rights; I was declared Not Guilty in 2005 by the Commonwealth – never charged. However, a low-life District Attorney and a corrupt Judge needed me Guilty now. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations. They say, Mr. Cosby, you must attend these classes. Why? One word. Entrapment! My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders, and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron. So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!” – Bill Cosby #AndrewVWyatt #FreeBillCosby #BillCosbyPoliticalPrisoner #BillCosbyCivilRightsIcon #FarFromFinished #ExclusiveInterviewNBC10 #NBC10Philadelphia #ErinColeman Video credit: NBC10 & @cartermagazine
Source: Atlanta Black Star