Bill Cosby, the disgraced 83-year-old comedian once universally beloved as “America’s Dad,” has had his request for parole denied after refusing to participate in a therapy program for sexual predators.
The Pennsylvania Parole Board junked Cosby’s petition to be freed from his 3- to 10-year sentence after he refused to undergo therapy designed for violent sexual predators, thus nullifying his eligibility for early release.
Cosby was handed down the sentence in 2018 for aggravated indecent assault after he was found guilty of drugging and raping his former friend Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
Cosby had been eligible for parole in September after serving three years, but it wasn’t until May 11 that his request was processed and turned down.
He would have likely gotten lenient treatment such as house arrest due to his age and blindness.
A spokesman for Cosby told NBC News that the rejection was not unexpected.
“The news that Actor and Comedian Bill Cosby’s parole has been ‘denied’ by the Pennslyvania State Parole Board is not a surprise to Mr. Cosby, his family, his friends and/or his legal team,” Andrew Wyatt said in a statement.
“It was brought to our attention by Mr. Cosby that over the past months, members of the PA State Parole Board had met with him and empathically stated, ‘if he did not participate in SVP courses that his parole would be denied,'” the spokesman continued.
“Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof,” Wyatt added.
Cosby is serving his sentence at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix, a Philadelphia suburb.
Laura Treaster, a spokeswoman for the state parole board, said that future consideration of parole for Cosby remains contingent on the his completion of violent sexual predator therapy.
Additionally, he must be recommended for parole by the state Department of Corrections and have a clear record of conduct while incarcerated.
According to Cosby’s spokesman, the octogenarian is doing quite well in prison and is “hopeful” despite his old age and health ailments.
“He’s cool as a cucumber,” said Wyatt, noting that Cosby is looking forward to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision on his legal team’s appeal.
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