Disgraced television icon Bill Cosby said in his first public statement on Thursday that he had no remorse for his crimes as he regarded himself as a political prisoner. The 81-year-old said in a statement released through his spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, that it was his political beliefs and actions for trying to humanise all races and genders that landed him in SCI Phoenix prison, where he is serving his sentence.
He further said his prison cell “resembles the quarters of some of the greatest political prisoners – Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis”.
Wyatt said in an interview with NBC10 that when he visits Cosby, he finds him smiling. In fact, the comedian was now more creative than ever and was already creating shows and documentaries in his mind, said Wyatt.
He said: “He stands up straight, shakes your hand and he’s smiling. Right now he is so creative. I was talking to Mrs Cosby last night and she was talking about how he’s now more creative than ever. He is in his mind developing shows and documentaries while he is in prison.
“When I visit him, there’s nothing sad about him, he’s not sad, he’s not remorseful because he did nothing wrong. The sheer volume of women coming forward and making these accusations does not mean that it’s true, women do lie.”
Cosby was sentenced to at least three years in prison in September last year and branded a “sexually violent predator” for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.
The 81-year-old, once beloved by millions as “America’s Dad”, is the first celebrity convicted and sentenced for a sex crime since the downfall of Harvey Weinstein ushered in the #MeToo movement and America’s reckoning with sexual harassment.
Found guilty five months ago of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a former university basketball administrator, Cosby was impassive when Judge Steven O’Neill handed down the sentence in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
(Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde, additional reporting by AFP)