- Bill Cosby said in his first statement since entering prison in September that he will “never have remorse” after his 2018 sexual-assault conviction for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
- He called himself a political prisoner and compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randall Robinson, and Benjamin Chavis.
- Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told INSIDER that Cosby was right to compare himself to the other men, saying he was a “cultural icon” and a “civil-rights leader.”
- More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault over the last five decades.
Convicted sex offender and comedian Bill Cosby called himself a political prisoner and a victim of “entrapment” in his first statement since starting his prison sentence.
Cosby, 81, shared a statement with his wife, Camille, and the Philadelphia NBC News affiliate WCAU after the station aired a two-part interview with his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.
Wyatt had told WCAU that since starting his sentence at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution – Phoenix, in Collegeville, Cosby has washed all his meals before eating them and has woken up at 3:30 a.m. every morning to work out.
Cosby started his three- to 10-year prison sentence at the facility in September, four months after he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, home in 2004.
In addition to Constand, more than 60 other women have accused Cosby of sexual assault over the last five decades.
In a statement to WCAU about his sentencing, Cosby said he 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,” Cosby said.
He said he was a victim of “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,” Cosby said. “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!”
Wyatt told INSIDER that Cosby dictated the statement to his wife after hearing about the WCAU interview from people at the prison.
He said that Cosby was accurate in comparing himself to King, Gandhi, and Mandela.
“People want to limit him to being a comedian and actor, but Mr. Cosby is a civil-rights icon,” Wyatt told INSIDER.
Wyatt said Chavis, a civil-rights leader who spent nearly a decade in prison on a conviction for conspiracy and arson that was later overturned, visited Cosby in January and sat with him for two days.
“[Cosby] has met these people,” he added. “They’ve told him he was more than a comedian – he was a cultural icon.”
Chavis was accused of sexual harassment and discrimination more than two decades ago in a scandal that saw him ousted from his role as the NAACP’s executive director.
INSIDER has contacted Gloria Allred, who represented Constand, for comment.
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