June 25, 2019
It’s been eight months since Bill Cosby started to serve his sentence for sexual assault at a prison in Pennsylvania, and the same amount of time he hasn’t seen his wife, Camille Cosby, or any of their children. However, the family is not shunning him but following his wishes.
Disgraced actor and comedian Bill Cosby has been behind bars at Pennsylvania's new maximum-security state prison SCI Phoenix since September 2018.
Camille Cosby and Bill Cosby arrive for his sexual assault trial April 24, 2018 at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. | Photo: GettyImages
He was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to ten years in jail for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in 2004. However, Cosby maintains his innocence, and his legal team is gearing up to file an appeal for his conviction.
Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesperson, and sole prison visitor recently sat down with Daily Mail TV to shine a light on Cosby’s prison life.
Bill and Camille Cosby and aide Andrew Wyatt enter the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in in Norristown, Pennsylvania. | Photo: GettyImages
One of the things he revealed is that neither his wife Camille nor his children have visited Cosby since he started his sentence last September. But it was all the comedian’s decision.
“He feels that when he left home, he left home the day of the sentencing as Bill Cosby, not as NN7687, the number they have given him, and he wants his family to see him in that light, not in the light of a prison uniform,” Wyatt explained.
Cosby and Camille have been married since January 1964. They had five children, and only three are still living: Erika, 53; Erinn, 52; and Evin, 42. Their son Ennis was killed in a robbery attempt in 1997, at age 27, and their daughter Ensa died last year, at 44, from kidney failure.
Despite their lack of contact, Wyatt says Camille still supports her husband.
“Mrs. Cosby stands behind him to support him in all his decisions. We don't think about the negative. We only focus on the positive, and we look at the reality of the situation,” he stated.
Dr. Camille Cosby speaks on stage at the 35th Anniversary of the Jackie Robinson Foundation on March 3, 2008. | Photo: GettyImages
Wyatt also revealed that Cosby had received messages of support from fellow celebrities like music mogul Quincy Jones and director Spike Lee.
According to Wyatt, Cosby has been adapting to life in the “iron box”as he calls itamazingly.
He has been spending his time productively by offering “speaking engagements” to his fellow inmates under the title of “Man Up.”
“There are different groups and communities within the prison looking to help men with drug and alcohol issues for example and inmates who are coming up for release,” Wyatt explained.
“Mr. Cosby is educating these men on how to remove the 'd-i-s' from disadvantage and recognize that they have a second chance when they get parole, they get to be better fathers, great community activists.”
Bill Cosby is taken out of to the Montgomery County Courthouse to state prison in shackles at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018. | Photo: GettyImages
Cosby is aware he could be eligible for parole after three years if he accepts to take rehabilitation classes for violent sexual predators, but the 81-year-old star knows that taking those classes would be like claiming he’s guilty, and he maintains his innocence.
“Mr. Cosby has made it very clear that he is innocent of what he's been charged and convicted with,” said Wyatt.
Bill Cosbyat the Montgomery County Courthouse, during his sexual assault trial sentencing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 24, 2018. | Photo: GettyImages
“He feels that this is how they get inmates to confess to a crime they did not commit because they force them to go to these sorts of classes. The minute you set foot in a sexual predator class, you're a demon; you're guilty of that crime.”
“So we understand the stipulations, and he understands that he can get out after three years if he attends. He's 81-year-old, he's 82 on July 12. But he's willing to sit there the entire ten years rather than attend that course.”
Bill Cosby is taken away in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3-10 years in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018. | Photo: GettyImages
Cosby, who’s legally blind, has reportedly asked prison authorities to allow him to take a braille course, but since the activity requires the use of a small pen, his request was denied, as the pen could be used as a weapon.
Inside the prison, Cosby has two inmates assigned to help him walk around. He allegedly receives thousands of letters, but since he can’t read them, they’re forwarded to his office.
Wyatt says Cosby has taken on his prison experience comparing it to going into war.
Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse, during his sexual assault trial sentencing September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. | Photo: GettyImages
“He views it like you're going to war and you're not going to see your friends and family. You have to abide by the rules,” Wyatt explained.
Despite his struggles, Wyatt says Cosby is thinking about his future out of prison and is sure he will be vindicated.
“Mark my words, Mr. Cosby is far from finished,” Wyatt concluded in his interview.
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