- On Monday, the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s BlackPressUSA.com published an interview with Bill Cosby, in which he continues to profess his innocence.
- The former “Cosby Show” star is currently serving a three- to 10-year sentence at a maximum-security prison outside Philadelphia for the 2004 sexual assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
- Cosby told the NNPA that he believes he’ll serve his full sentence because he won’t admit guilt or remorse, which is usually prerequisites for early release.
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Bill Cosby recently gave his first interview from behind bars, where he is serving a three- to 10-year sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting one of his mentees.
The disgraced “Cosby Show” star used the interview to profess his innocence, saying he expects to serve his full sentence because he won’t admit guilt or remorse for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
“I have eight years and nine months left,” Cosby told the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s BlackPressUSA.com. “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”
At his trial, Constand told the jury that Cosby gave her three pills when she went over to his house for career advice, and that while she was weakened by the drugs, Cosby sexually assaulted her.
Cosby claimed that the trial was a “set up” and that the jury “were impostors.”
“I know what they have done to my people. But my people are going to view me and say, ‘That boy looks good. That boy is strong’,” he told BlackPressUSA. “I have too many heroes that I’ve sat with. Too many heroes whom I listened to like John Henrik Clarke, Kenneth Clark, and Dorothy Height. Those people are very strong, and they saw the rejection of their people. This is political. I can see the whole thing.”
Cosby spent most of the interview talking about the work he does for Mann Up, an empowerment group at the maximum-security prison where he is serving his sentence.
Cosby gives speeches in front of the group most Saturdays. According to Cosby’s description of his talks, they often focus on issues in the black community.
“This Saturday, I gave a talk dedicated to women. I told the story of my wife, who said to me when she got back home after bringing our 43-year-old daughter back home dead from the hospital. It was the most difficult thing she’s ever done in her life, to sit there and watch her daughter die.
“From there, I went into the fact that mothers have something that we all have, which is a navel. We have to respect our mothers and our women. We’ve got to stop buying drugs. If you have no buyer, you can’t sell,” Cosby told BlackPressUSA.
“But still, when the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote. “Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.”
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