During an over-the-phone interview, Bill Cosby has once again denied being guilty of sexual assault and said he doesn’t plan to express any kind of remorse.
The 82-year-old is currently serving a 3- to 10-year sentence at SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia after being convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April of 2018.
The charges came after he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, who worked for the Temple University basketball team. And there were about 60 women who said they were victims of sexual misconduct involving the comedian as well.
During his Nov. 25 phone interview with Black Press USA, Cosby called his trial a “set-up” and said the jurors were “imposters.”
“When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there,” he stated. “They don’t know.”
Cosby also claimed that a potential juror overheard someone who sat on the jury say that he was guilty before the trial began. But the judge allowed that juror to remain after his legal team brought it up. And as he did in the past, like in February when he called himself a political prisoner and compared himself to people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, Cosby chalked up the guilty verdict to race.
“I know what they’ve done to my people. But my people are going to view me and say, ‘That boy looks good. That boy is strong.’ I have too many heroes that I’ve sat with,” he said during his phone interview.
“Too many heroes whom I listened to like John Henrik Clarke, Kenneth Clark, and Dorothy Height,” Cosby added. “Those people are very strong, and they saw the rejection of their people. This is political. I can see the whole thing.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Cosby said he spends much of his time in prison mentoring inmates and speaking to a group of about 400 men. And due to his age, plus, being legally blind, some of those inmates help him day-to-day.
Cosby also talked about being critical of the Black community in the past, particularly when he made what’s known as the “Pound Cake Speech” in 2004, where he blamed a lack of parenting on some of the problems.
“The mistake I made [with the ‘Pound Cake Speech’] is making it sound like all the people were making the infractions, and that’s not true,” he explained.
And the disgraced entertainer felt the removal of “The Cosby Show” from most channels after the conviction was a conspiracy, which had to do with people not wanting positive images of Black people to be seen on television.
In the series that ran from 1984 to 1992, Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, an obstetrician and Phylicia Rashad played his wife Clair Huxtable, an attorney.
“When ‘The Cosby Show’ came on with the Huxtables, just think about it. While it was running, other networks and even the media were doing jobs on trying to belittle whatever it represented,” Cosby said.
“They did not like what ‘The Cosby Show’ looked like for us, and many of us traded into it,” he added. “Now, look at what has happened. They’ve taken everything that I’ve done and swept it into a place where it would not be shown.”