Bill Cosby compares himself to MLK, Mandela, and Gandhi, says he feels ‘no remorse' for his actions
In his first statement since he was jailed for the 2004 assault of Andrea Constand, Bill Cosby slams the judge and DA who imprisoned him and compares himself to some of history's greats
Disgraced actor Bill Cosby is currently serving a three-to-10-year sentence at the State Correctional Institute Phoenix in Collegeville after a jury found him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault after a year-long trial at the Montgomery Court of Common Pleas in September 2018. However, that hasn't stopped the 81-year-old from proclaiming himself as a political prisoner and drawing comparisons to some of history's greatest non-violent protesters.
According to the Daily Mail, Cosby spoke out for the first time since he was jailed for his 2004 assault on Andrea Constant when he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home, and insisted he felt no remorse over his prison term, also criticizing the "corrupt" judge and the "low-life" DA involved in his case.
In his statement, which was released via spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, Cosby wrote, "Here's why I have 'no' remorse and 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," he continued. "Not for justice, but for political aspirations. They say, Mr. Cosby you must attend these classes. Why? One word. Entrapment!"
The deal Cosby is referring to, which saw him pay out a multi-million dollar settlement, did not see him admit liability, fault, or wrongdoing. However, critically, it also involved the 81-year-old actor agreeing to give a deposition where he confessed to obtaining Quaaludes — a sedative and hypnotic medication — with the intent of giving them to his victims.
In the deposition, where Cosby testified under oath, he was asked by one of the attorneys if he had brought the Quaaludes with the intention of using them on the women with whom he intended to have sex. He replied in the affirmative. That deposition would prove a key piece of evidence for the prosecution during his trial and arguably swing the case in their favor.
Nonetheless, Cosby's recent statement seemed to suggest the reason he was put behind bars was because of his political stances. "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," the actor wrote.
"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," he added, ending with, "I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I smile. The Truth is Strong!"
Cosby is certainly not having a hard time in prison if Wyatt is to be believed. Speaking to NBC10, Wyatt said the 81-year-old was having an "amazing experience" in prison and that he exercises daily at 3:30 a.m., has cut bread and coffee from his diet, and rinses his food with water to lower his sodium intake.
Wyatt also revealed some of the actor's living conditions, saying, "He said the bed lies on thick steel or concrete and he’s allowed to make phone calls, but he’s still being assessed right now so he’s not in general population. He follows the rules and respects the guards. They’ve given him a cane and, because he’s blind, they have a trustee to help him."