Bill Cosby refuses sex offender program and is denied parole –

Bill Cosby refuses sex offender program and is denied parole – fr

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Actor Bill Cosby will not be released on parole this year after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison in Pennsylvania.

Cosby, 83, has long said he would resist treatment programs and refuse to admit wrongdoing, even if it means serving the 10-year sentence. This is the first year he was eligible for parole under the three to 10 year sentence after his conviction in 2018.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the move “appalling” and said Cosby “vehemently proclaimed his innocence”.

Cosby meanwhile is hoping the state Supreme Court, which heard his appeal in December, will overturn his conviction in the #MeToo-era celebrity first trial. Cosby’s lawyers said the trial was flawed because five other accusers were allowed to testify in support of the sexual assault complaint filed by a former director of the Temple University basketball team. They also say the judge should not have let the jury hear Cosby’s prejudicial testimony in the related civil action of accuser Andrea Constand.

Cosby is serving his sentence at SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County. The case arose out of a 2004 meeting with Constand on his estate near Philadelphia. The two had met at Temple, where Cosby had long served on the board and was a famous visitor to campus. The Associated Press typically does not identify victims of sexual assault without their permission, which Constand granted. Following the May 11 ruling, which began circulating on Thursday, she posted a tweet that simply read “DENIED.”

Cosby broke racial barriers in Hollywood in the 1960s and had a leading sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” on television from 1984 to 1992.

This story was correct to show that “The Cosby Show” began in 1984, not 1986.


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