Cosby ‘doing very well’ on 1-year prison anniversary, determined to continue appeal, spokesman says
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, once known as “America’s Dad,” marked his one-year prison anniversary touting his new paternalistic role behind bars, his spokesman said Wednesday.
“He’s doing very well regarding this unwanted anniversary,” spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the New York Daily News.
“I just ended a visit with him. He said he finds his mentoring very fulfilling,” Wyatt said.
Cosby, 82, was moved to general population at the maximum-security SCI Phoenix facility outside Philadelphia earlier this year and regularly speaks at meetings of the prison groups Man Up and Men of Valor, Wyatt said.
“When we were walking out, someone screamed, ‘Hey, hey, hey.’ And he said it back and gave a fist pump and everybody cheered,” Wyatt claimed.
“He’s down to 187 pounds. He went in at 220. He’s in the best shape. He’s sharp. His memory is sharp,” Wyatt said.
Cosby is serving three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Pennsylvania mansion in 2004.
The comedian claims the encounter was consensual and is appealing the conviction.
Cosby argues his trial judge erred when he allowed several accusers to testify as “prior bad act” witnesses and allowed the jury access to his deposition testimony about keeping Quaaludes on hand to give to women.
“We talked about the appeal. He said he’s determined. The deposition never should have been allowed,” Wyatt said Wednesday.
“He hopes the three (appellate) judges will be swayed by the strong written appeal and do the right thing. And if they’re not going to do the right thing, there should be an impeachment in Superior Court,” Wyatt said.
But lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents several Cosby accusers, said the comedian is right where he should be.
“Bill Cosby’s incarceration in prison is due to the brave women who had the courage to seek justice long before there was a #Me Too,” she said. “They voiced what they alleged was the truth about their life when they met Bill Cosby. … Mr. Cosby is a convicted felon serving time in prison. and many of his victims know that they have had an important role in Mr. Cosby receiving the justice that he so richly deserves.”
Prosecutors have argued Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill actually showed restraint when he only allowed testimony from five of the 19 women prosecutors wanted to call as witnesses.
Cosby’s prison anniversary followed days after a Los Angeles judge ruled he must pay $2.5 million in legal fees to Quinn Emanuel, the law firm that represented him for nearly a year in multiple civil lawsuits filed around the country.
Wyatt declined to comment on the award Wednesday.