Bill Cosby's spokesperson says his trial was the 'most racist and sexist one in the history of United States'
Bill Cosby was labelled a 'sexually violent predator' on Tuesday and was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004
Bill Cosby's publicist Andrew Wyatt defended his disgraced client on Tuesday saying that race played a part in the entertainer's trial and his eventual imprisonment. Cosby was labelled a "sexually violent predator" on Tuesday and was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
Wyatt, outside the courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania, said: "Mr Cosby knows that God is watching over him. He knows that these are lies. They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries. So, Mr Cosby’s doing fine, he’s holding up well and everybody who wants to say anything negative, you’re a joke as well."
Cosby's spokesperson also called the trial "the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States” and slammed the media for not allowing Cosby to be portrayed as "one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for the past 50 years."
The registered 'sexual offender' classification means that the iconic entertainer's name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims. Cosby will now have to undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quaterly to authorities.
Cosby's legal team had fought against him being branded a "sexually violent predator" arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional. They also added that Cosby posed no threat to the public on account of his age. Judge O'Neill, however, said that the prosecutors had presented "clear and convincing" evidence which suggested otherwise.
The judge designated Cosby as sex offender despite defense psychologist Timothy Foley's testimony that the probability of the entertainer committing another sex offense is "extraordinarily low."
A psychologist for the state testified stating that Cosby appeared to have a mental disorder which gave him an uncontrollable urge to assault women, according to reports.
Cosby, who was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in December 2015, was convicted earlier this year for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, in 2004, marking the first high-profile case for the #MeToo era in a courtroom.
The trial in April was centered on Constand's testimony and also featured testimony from five "prior bad acts" witnesses who also accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them in a similar manner. At least 60 victims in total have claimed of being sexually harassed by Cosby till date.