Bill Cosby was America’s Dad and one of the most beloved comedians in the world until whispers started to appear that soon turned to shouts and it turns out America’s Dad was a monster in hiding.
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Around 2015 women started to come forward speaking about Bill Cosby and would speak about being sexually assaulted by Cosby. Soon the numbers would grow and over sixty woman would be talking about being sexually assaulted by Cosby in one way or another with many speaking about being drugged and then assaulted. Many of the cases had happened years before and the statute of limitations had elapsed however there were still a few cases that happened and Bill Cosby would stand trial. Bill Cosby would be convicted on three counts of sexual assault and would be sentenced to three to ten years in prison
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|WILLIAM HENRY COSBY JR||Commit Name|
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Date of Birth: 07/12/1937
Height: 5′ 11″
Current Location: PHOENIX
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“I have eight years and nine months left,” Cosby said, according to an article by 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.”
Cosby, 82, gave the website the exclusive interview from SCI Phoenix, a state prison near Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he is serving three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.
In the article, Cosby referred to his jail cell as “my penthouse,” and said he was in good spirits in the prison.
Cosby filed an appeal in June arguing his criminal conviction was flawed because the testimony of five accusers was “strikingly dissimilar” to that of Constand.
Cosby said unless he is successful in his appeal, he expects to serve his full sentence, according to the article. Cosby said he wasn’t guilty, the article reported.
Cosby called back multiple times to conduct the interview with BlackPressUSA.com because of time restrictions on inmate phone calls, the article said. The website posted a portion of the interview online. In that clip, Cosby talked about his work with black inmates.
The actor works with them through a prison reform program called Mann Up, the article said.
“I’ve got a wife and a family, and friends, not in prison, who are so happy that I have something, that my spirit is up,” Cosby said, according to a recording posted with the article.
Referring to his session with prisoners, Cosby told BlackPressUSA.com, “I go into my penthouse and I lay down and I start to think, now how can I repeat the message, and say it and give it to them on Saturday … so that they will hear and feel things.”
Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told CNN in a phone interview on Monday the actor “feels that he is a privileged man in that prison. Because they cannot break him or his mind.”
Wyatt was on the phone call, the BlackPressUSA.com article said.
In 2004, Cosby, a Temple University trustee, gave Constand, a Temple employee, pills to incapacitate her and then sexually assaulted her. She told police in 2005 about the incident but prosecutors declined to press charges, and they settled the case in civil court a year later.
A decade later, dozens of women came forward to say Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them over his decades as a powerful media figure.
Constand’s was the only one of those cases that occurred within the statute of limitations. A new team of prosecutors took up the case and, relying on Constand’s and Cosby’s statements in a civil deposition, arrested him in December 2015.
Cosby’s first criminal trial ended in a hung jury. He was convicted in April 2018 of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Constand in the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era.
Cosby was sentenced in September 2018.
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Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol.
Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction because the judge let prosecutors call five other accusers who said Cosby mistreated them the same way he did his victim, Andrea Constand. The defence said their testimony prejudiced the jury against the actor and should not have been allowed.
“That conduct you describe – the steps, the young women – there’s literature that says that’s common to 50 percent of these assaults – thousands of assaults – nationwide,” Chief Justice Thomas G Saylor asked a prosecutor during oral arguments in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “So how can that be a common scheme?”
The prosecutor, in response, offered more precise details about the relationships, saying Cosby used his fame and fortune to mentor the women and then took advantage of it. And he sometimes befriended their mothers or families.
“There was a built-in level of trust because of his status in the entertainment industry and because he held himself out as a public moralist,” said Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe, of suburban Philadelphia’s Montgomery County, where Constand said she was assaulted at Cosby’s estate in 2004.
“The signature was isolating and intoxicating young women for the purpose of sexually assaulting them,” Jappe said.
Cosby has served more than two years of his three-to-10-year prison sentence for drugging and molesting Constand, whom he met through the basketball programme at his alma mater, Temple University.
Courts have long wrestled with decisions about when other accusers should be allowed to testify in criminal cases. It is generally not allowed, but state law permits a few exceptions, including to show a signature crime pattern or to prove someone’s identity.
The state’s high court appears eager to address the issue, and in doing so took on the first celebrity criminal case of the #MeToo era. The court typically takes several months to issue its
Judge Steven T O’Neill had allowed just one other accuser to testify at Cosby’s first trial in 2017, when the jury could not reach a verdict. The #MeToo movement took hold months later with media reports about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other men accused of sexual misconduct.
O’Neill then let five other accusers testify at Cosby’s retrial in 2018, when the jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand
Cosby’s appellate lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, said prosecutors exploited “all of this vague testimony” about his prior behaviour and his acknowledgement that he had given women alcohol or quaaludes before sexual encounters.
“They put Mr Cosby in a position where he had no shot. The presumption of innocence just didn’t exist for him,” Bonjean said in the arguments on Tuesday, which were held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Associated Press news agency reported.
Constand went to police in 2005, about a year after the night at his home. The other women knew Cosby in the 1980s through the entertainment industry, and they did not go to the police.
The defence also challenged the trial judge’s decision to let the jury hear damaging testimony Cosby gave in a lawsuit Constand filed against him in 2005, after then-prosecutor Bruce Castor declined to arrest Cosby.
The testimony was sealed for nearly a decade until the AP asked a federal judge to release documents from the case as more Cosby accusers came forward.
The judge agreed, and Castor’s successor reopened the case in 2015, just months before the statute of limitations to arrest him would have expired.
Cosby, a once-beloved comedian and actor known as “America’s Dad,” has said he will serve his entire 10-year term rather than admit wrongdoing to the parole board.
Criminal law professor Laurie Levenson believed it is important for the court to scrutinise Cosby’s conviction given the publicity the case attracted, the legal questions it raised and the potential influence of the #MeToo movement.
However, she was less sure there is data to show that intoxication was as prevalent in sex assault cases in the 1980s through 2004 as it is today.
“We have heard a lot more about doping types of sexual assaults [recently], but I’m not sure how common it was at the time of this offence,” said Levenson, of Loyola Law School. “I think the court’s doing the right thing, which is asking, ‘Did he get convicted on legitimate evidence?’”
The AP does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.