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Bill Cosby: I'll Never Show Remorse

Comedian says he doesn't care if it might get him a shorter sentence
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2019 12:34 PM CST
In this April 26, 2018 file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs the courthouse after he was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

(Newser) – Bill Cosby won't show remorse, even if it means more time behind bars. In an interview with BlackPressUSA Sunday, the comedian didn't mince words: "I have eight years and nine months left" of his 10-year sentence for sexual assault, he said. "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." The AP notes that, per legal experts, sex offenders typically need to show remorse if they want to be considered for parole. But Cosby, 82, who says he's educating and encouraging other black inmates while he's behind bars, continues to insist he did not commit the crime for which he was convicted. "It’s all a set up. That whole jury thing. They were imposters," he says.

In the sit-down, which the site notes was Cosby's "first exclusive interview" since starting his sentence at Pennsylvania's SCI-Phoenix, a maximum-security penitentiary near Philadelphia, he alluded to a potential juror who said she overheard a seated juror say before the trial began, "He’s guilty, we can all go home now." "Then she went in and came out smiling, it’s something attorneys will tell you is called a payoff," he continued. "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.'" He compared his plight to that of civil rights figures. "I have too many heroes that I’ve sat with, too many heroes whom I listened to like John Henrik Clarke, Kenneth Clark, and Dorothy Height," he said. "Those people are very strong, and they saw the rejection of their people. This is political. I can see the whole thing." See the full interview here. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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