Bill Cosby refused parole after refusing sex offender program
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Actor Bill Cosby will not be paroled this year after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison in Pennsylvania.
Cosby, 83, has long said he would resist treatment programs and refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing, even if that meant serving the full 10-year sentence. This is the first year he was eligible for parole under the three to 10 year sentence after his conviction in 2018.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the move “appalling” and said Cosby “vehemently proclaims his innocence”.
Cosby, meanwhile, is hoping the state Supreme Court, which heard his appeal in December, will overturn his conviction in the first #MeToo-era celebrity trial.
Cosby’s attorneys said the trial was flawed because five other accusers were allowed to testify in support of the sexual assault complaint filed by a former director of the Temple University basketball team. They also say the judge should not have let the jury hear Cosby’s prejudicial testimony in the civil suit against accuser Andrea Constand.
Cosby is serving his sentence at SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County. The case arose out of a 2004 meeting with Constand on his estate near Philadelphia. The two had met at Temple, where Cosby has long served on the board and frequented the campus by celebrities. The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual assault without their permission, which Constand granted. Following the May 11 ruling, which began circulating on Thursday, she posted a tweet that simply read “DENIED.”
Cosby broke racial barriers in Hollywood in the 1960s and featured a leading sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” on television from 1984 to 1992.
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