Legally blind, date-drug rapist orders family to just stay away
Fox News – Since disgraced comic Bill Cosby started his prison sentence a little over four months ago, his family hasn’t visited him.
- “Insiders say that Cosby believes his prison sentence means that he’ll die behind bars … ” Source.
- “Cosby’s lawyers cited their client’s blindness, advanced age, and declining health in bids for house arrest or to keep Cosby free on bail while he appeals.” – Source.
- “A Hollywood pariah brought down by his own sense of sexual entitlement – one now faced with spending his final years behind bars labeled as a sexually violent predator. – Source.
Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told The Associated Press that Cosby, 81, doesn’t expect his wife, Camille, or their daughters to visit him at SCI-Phoenix in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
The prison is 20 miles from the family’s estate in the Philadelphia suburbs.
“He doesn’t want to have them in that environment,” Wyatt, who said he visits Cosby regularly, told AP.
On Thursday, it was reported that Cosby was moved to the general population last week after spending four months in special housing as he acclimated to the prison. He now has a single cell in a two-story unit at the newly built prison in Montgomery County.
A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
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Bill Cosby, Isolated No More, Joins Other Inmates in Prison
By Graham Bowley, The New York Times – As he adjusted to incarceration, Bill Cosby spent his first four months in prison in a special unit, isolated from other inmates, out of concern for his safety at SCI Phoenix, a maximum-security facility outside Philadelphia.
But last week authorities moved him from so-called administrative segregation to join the general population at a wing that houses other inmates, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Amy Worden, a spokeswoman for the corrections department, said Mr. Cosby made the move on Jan. 28, though she would not specify the wing to which he was sent.
Mr. Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said the entertainer’s new single-person cell is in an area that only houses older inmates and that he did not view it as a “general population” unit.
But Ms. Worden said that was not the case and that the prison does not have a special area reserved for older inmates.
Mr. Cosby — now inmate NN7687 — is among the most famous prisoners in America and his movements have been closely watched since he was sentenced last year in the assault of Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.
“Being released into the general pop means he will have shared meal times, shared yard time, all out-of-cell time will be among other individuals,” said Jennifer Storm, the state’s victim advocate who is familiar with the prison where Mr. Cosby is serving a three-to-10 year sentence for sexual assault.
Because Mr. Cosby, 81, is legally blind, he will continue to have another inmate worker assigned to him “to help him get around … ” Read more.