Bill Cosby Speaks From Prison for the First Time

Says he's a 'political prisoner'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2019 12:47 PM CST
Bill Cosby Speaks From Prison for the First Time
This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Bill Cosby's name grabbed headlines Tuesday after rep Andrew Wyatt said in an interview with NBC 10 that the 81-year-old told him he was having an "amazing" prison experience. More headlines came on Wednesday, this time thanks to words that came straight from Cosby. NBC News reports it was his first statement since entering Pennsylvania's SCI Phoenix four months ago, and it begins by explaining he heard about the NBC 10 interview from fellow inmates. He says he has no remorse and never will. "I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million dollars [sic]; 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."

He continues, per NBC 10 "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. 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. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!" Wyatt, who released the statement, told NBC News Cosby is not sad but in "amazing spirits." (Read more on what Cosby's day-to-day is like in prison.)

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