Bill Cosby Says He’s A “Political Prisoner,” Compares Himself To Martin Luther King Jr. & Nelson Mandela
Despite the circumstances of being sent to prison a little over four months ago for sexual assault, Bill Cosby said his time in prison is an “amazing experience,” his press spokesman Andrew Wyatt said in a recent TV interview.
“Yeah. He used the term ‘amazing experience,’” Wyatt told a WCAU reporter after being asked if the 81-year-old had really used the term.
Last week, it was reported that Cosby had not been moved to a general prison population at the Pennsylvania Prison, instead, he is currently remaining in the veteran’s facility with other elderly inmates.
In the written statement that was released through Wyatt, Cosby also said that he is a “political prisoner” like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
“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,” Cosby said in the statement. “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.”
Wyatt then went on to tell NBC News that Cosby is in “amazing spirits” and is not “remorseful”
“When I visit him, it’s nothing sad about it,” Wyatt said. “He will never have remorse, and the reason why he has no remorse is because he did nothing wrong. He was not guilty.”
Since being in prison, Cosby is said to have not had any visits from his wife or daughters, but it was noted that he speaks to his wife, Camille by phone three times a day.
“He does not want his family to be exploited that way by coming to visit him and it be made a circus out of by the media,” Wyatt said. “So he has excluded them from coming to visit him for that reason and that reason alone.”
Wyatt revealed that he visits Cosby every other week and is his only visitor outside of his lawyers.
“He’s mentally strong,” Wyatt added. “He’s just a strong man.” According to Wyatt, the former comedian is said to wake up a 3:30 a.m. each day to do leg lifts, pushups and sit-ups in his cell before breakfast and is developing show ideas from behind bars.
After being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004 last year, Cosby was sentenced to three-ten years in state prison. At the time, a judge denied bail pending an appeal, as Cosby and his lawyers have maintained that the sexual encounters were consensual.