Even in prison, Bill Cosby makes headlines. Last week, officials of State Correctional Institute Phoenix in Pennsylvania noticed that a drone was flying over the actor.
TMZ reported that officials noticed the incident when Cosby, who is serving three to ten years for sexual assault, was being escorted around the yard. Cosby has an escort due to his legal blindness.
After the prison identified the breach in security, they placed SCI Phoenix under lockdown for a full day. Officials believe that an unknown media outlet sent the drone to get pictures of Cosby.
TMZ also revealed that all prisons in Pennsylvania got drone detection systems in 2018 as a way to improve their security. The actor’s attorneys were reportedly informed about the incident soon after it happened.
“Flying drones over prisons in Pennsylvania is against the law and the agency will work with law enforcement to prosecute perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law,” a rep for the jail told USA Today.
Bill Cosby during the show "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios on January 11, 2009, in Washington, DC. | Source: Getty Images
The actor and comedian, known as “America’s Dad” for his highly popular TV program, “Cosby Show,” became the first star to go to prison in the #MeToo era.
Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pennsylvania | Source: Getty Images
He was sentenced in September 2018 to three to ten years (he has to serve three years before becoming eligible for parole) for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
Bill Cosby leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 24, 2018, in Norristown, Pennsylvania | Source: Getty Images
That woman is Andrea Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball administrator. However, at least 60 women over the past five decades have accused Cosby of similar criminal acts.
Bill Cosby in handcuffs at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pennsylvania | Source: Getty Images
Just months after his sentence began, Cosby’s attorney filed an appeal stating that Pennsylvania trial Judge Steven O’Neill had an existing feud with a key pretrial witness, the former county prosecutor who declined to arrest Cosby a decade earlier.
Bill Cosby being escorted out of the Montgomery County Courthouse to state prison in handcuffs on September 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pennsylvania | Source: Getty Images
The man’s attorneys also considered that letting five other accusers testify was only one of the “11 mistakes” that took place during Cosby’s trial.
One of the most important aspects of the appeal, though, was the request to release Cosby on bail. However, it was rejected.
Soon after Cosby’s sentence became public, several celebrities took their time to show their support. Some of the most popular are Whoopi Goldberg, Kanye West, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (his on-screen son), Phylicia Rashad (his on-screen wife), and Keshia Knight Pulliam.
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