Actor Bill Cosby gained’t be paroled this yr after refusing to take part in intercourse offender packages throughout his almost three years in state jail in Pennsylvania.
The 83-year-old Cosby has lengthy mentioned he would resist the therapy packages and refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing even when it means serving the complete 10-year sentence. This is the primary yr he was eligible for parole underneath the three- to 10-year sentence handed down after his 2018 conviction.
Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt referred to as the choice “appalling” and mentioned Cosby “vehemently proclaims his innocence.”
Cosby in the meantime hopes the state Supreme Court, which heard his attraction in December, will reverse his conviction within the first celeb trial of the #MeToo period. Cosby’s legal professionals say the trial was flawed as a result of 5 different accusers had been allowed to testify to assist the sexual assault grievance filed by a former Temple University basketball staff supervisor. They additionally say the choose shouldn’t have let the jury hear Cosby’s damaging testimony from accuser Andrea Constand’s associated civil go well with.
Cosby is serving his sentence at SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County. The case stems from a 2004 encounter with Constand at his property close to Philadelphia. The two had met at Temple, the place Cosby lengthy served on the board of trustees and was a frequent celeb customer to campus.
The Associated Press doesn’t usually determine sexual assault victims with out their permission, which Constand has granted. In the wake of the May 11 resolution, which started circulating Thursday, she posted a tweet that mentioned merely, “DENIED.”
Cosby broke racial boundaries in Hollywood within the Sixties and had a top-ranked sitcom, The Cosby Show, on tv from 1984 to 1992.