Bill Cosby, the former host of The Cosby Show that has earned him the name “America’s Dad,” considered himself a “political prisoner.”
The 81-year-old comedian was sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted with three counts of sexual assault after he drugged and sexually abused Andrea Constand, an ex-basketball player, in 2004.
Cosby cryptically released a statement through Wyatt saying: “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.”
Earlier, Bill Cosby said that his time in prison is an “awesome experience.” However, amid these remarks, he likened himself to as a political prisoner like the late Nelson Mandela.
“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. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner, and I Smile,” he said.
He also outlined his reasons why he earlier said that he “has no remorse.”
“I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million; 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. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations.” Cosby added.
The Constand-Cosby first bench trial was in 2017. However, the jury wasn’t able to reach a verdict. It was once again appealed last year, where the comedian was found guilty.
Aside from the case filed by Constand, the famous comedian also face accusations of sexual harassment, sexual battery, drugging, and sexual assault from more than 60 women throughout his 50-year career. Most of these cases, however, have already passed the stature of limitation and only a few went to court – including that of Constand.
He has continuously denied all the allegations thrown at him and has crafted several measures to have his retrial request granted. /apr