From "America’s Dad" to being branded a "sexually violent predator", 82-year-old Bill Cosby says, "When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse."
"I am a privileged man in prison," Bill Cosby said.
Over the past couple of years, the award-winning TV producer and entertainer has witnessed a downfall in his career after dozens of women found the courage to speak out on the sexual abuse they suffered at his hands. In 2018, the 82-year-old was found guilty and of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home, as reported by The New York Times.
Constand, who was an employee of Temple University at the time, said in her testimony that Cosby had given her pills which made her drift in and out of consciousness. Constand told the court that she was sexually assaulted and said "I was limp, and I could not fight him off," as quoted by NME.
The jury gave Cosby a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, but all through the trial, the comedian has been maintaining the stand that he's not guilty and he continues to do so. This is despite the fact that more than 50 women have spoken against the man who was once hailed as "America's Dad" accusing him of using his power to take advantage of them, according to NBC News.
The 82-year-old decided to give his first interview after he started his sentence in September 2018. Speaking to the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s BlackPressUSA.com through a phone call made from prison, Cosby made some statements that have infuriated many.
"I have eight years and nine months left. When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse," Cosby declared in his interview. "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."
Inmates at SCI Phoenix, a maximum-security state prison in Pennsylvania, are only allowed to stay on phone calls for 15 minutes and Cosby wasn't an exception, which meant he had to call his interviewers several times to give his complete interview.
Showing remorse is considered to be a prerequisite for the grant of parole or for the given sentence to be shortened. However, Cosby believes that he will most likely sever his full sentence because he says he will never admit feeling guilty for something he claims he has not done.
Cosby accused the trials of being unfair and said, "It’s all a set up. That whole jury thing. They were imposters."
He also added, "I know what they’ve done to my people. But my people are going to view me and say, ‘that boy looks good. That boy is strong'... Those people are very strong, and they saw the rejection of their people. This is political. I can see the whole thing."
Calling himself "a privileged man in prison", Cosby referred to his prison cell as "my penthouse".
He even elaborated on how he's been talking to a large group of inmates at the prison through a prison reform program called 'Mann Up'. "I don’t belong to the Mann Up Association, but it’s a privilege to come in and speak," Cosby said. "I never wanted them to lord me up (be put on a pedestal). This is a great privilege."
At the weekly program meetings, Cosby is a regular speaker who addresses the other inmates attending. And being behind bars hasn't stopped the comedian from getting his share of applause.
"Mr. Cosby comes into the room with his fist in the air and all of these men rise up and applaud him," Tyree Wallace, who has served over 20 years in prison, told NNPA Newswire.
After being called "America’s Dad" for a long time, Cosby was branded a "sexually violent predator", according to The Guardian. And in all likelihood, he believes that his sentence will be served in full.
Constand, who testified against the star, also spoke after the trial. "I forgave Bill Cosby for what he did to me," she told NBC News. "It's been many, many years. And if I did not forgive him, I wouldn't have peace. And I sit here today and I have my peace."
She also added, "He needs help and he needs to repent for what he did, not only to me but for a lot of women. He's a convicted sex assaulter, but I forgive him for what he did to me."