Bill Cosby has been denied parole and will not be released from his position at SCI – Phoenix, PA.
Cosby, 83, has served more than two years of his three to ten year prison sentence for drugs and assaulting Andrea Constand, whom he met as part of his alma mater’s basketball program, Temple University.
The disgraced actor and comedian had a parole hearing on May 11 and the Pennsylvania Parole Board ruled that Cosby had yet to meet the requirements for release from prison.
The commission determined that Cosby had not “developed a parole plan” and had to “participate in and complete additional institutional programs”.
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He also received a “negative recommendation from correctional service” and that at his next parole hearing, the board will review and determine if he has “successfully participated in a sex offender treatment and prevention program. violence”.
Cosby is also to receive a “favorable parole recommendation from the Corrections Department and the board will determine whether he has” maintained a clear driving record “throughout his incarceration.
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Representatives for Cosby said in a statement obtained by Fox News Thursday that the news that his parole had been “denied” by the Pennsylvania State Parole Board was “no surprise to Mr. Cosby,” family, friends and / or legal team. “
“It has been brought to our attention by Mr. Cosby that over the past few months, members of the Palestinian Authority Parole Board have met with him and empathetically stated, ‘if he does not participate. at the SVP [Sexual Violate Predator] course that his parole would be refused, ”the memo continued.
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“Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the simple proof of any proof,” the statement added. “Today, Mr. Cosby continues to hope that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion overturning his conviction or warranting a new trial. “
The comedian had been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, and he was considered a sexually violent predator by his trial judge.
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Cosby was convicted in 2018 of assaulting Constand in Philadelphia in 2004 and was also charged with drugging the victim, along with several other women.
Lissa Kaplan of Fox News contributed to this report.