Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby defends TV wife Phylicia Rashad after she celebrated his release

Phylicia Rashad, who starred in The Cosby Show, tweeted on Wednesday that "a terrible wrong has been righted".

The tweet was then removed. A follow-up post said she "fully supported sexual abuse survivors coming forward".

Cosby has defended Rashad after Howard University, where she is a dean, said her first tweet "lacked sensitivity".

The university, based in Washington DC, issued a statement that read: "Survivors of sexual assault will always be our first priority.

Bill Cosby to be freed from prison after court throws out sexual assault conviction

The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came after Cosby had served more than two years of a potential three- to 10-year sentence in a state prison following his 2018 conviction.

The 83-year-old comedian and actor was best known for his role as the lovable husband and father in the 1980s television comedy series The Cosby Show, earning him the nickname "America's Dad."

But his family-friendly reputation was shattered after dozens of women accused him of sexual assault over a period of decades.

Bill Cosby vows no remorse, expects to serve 10-year maximum for sexual assault

Cosby is serving three to 10 years in a state prison near Philadelphia after a jury last year convicted him of sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004. The 82-year-old says the Pennsylvania parole board is "not going to hear me say that I have remorse". He thinks it’s therefore unlikely he’ll be released early.

He made the comments in a phone interview today with BlackPressUSA as he appeals his felony conviction and sex offender status.

Legal experts say sex offenders typically must show remorse to be considered for parole.

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Bill Cosby slammed for unusual Father's Day tweet

The disgraced comedian, who is serving time behind bars for drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004, shared the bizarre message on his official Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

It began: "Hey, Hey, Hey...It's America's Dad."

The tweet appears to be in reference to Cosby's role as family man Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, for which he became known as "America's Dad".

"I know it's late, but to all of the Dads... It's an honour to be called a Father," he continued. 

A look inside Bill Cosby’s prison cell

Following his sentencing, Cosby was transferred to Phoenix's State Correctional Institute (SCI), a maximum security prison.

On his first day in the facility, the legally blind 81-year-old reportedly had a hot dog bun thrown at his face, and fell down some stairs because he wasn't being guided.

Cosby is being kept in isolation and has not yet been assigned a bunkmate out of concern for his safety.

Cosby, accuser in court for start of sentencing

Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison — perhaps for the rest of his days — after being convicted in April of violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby, looking grim, walked into the courthouse on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him. Constand arrived a short time later.

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Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

The actor, 80, has been on trial for drugging and assaulting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby, the first major black actor on primetime TV, will remain out of jail until he is sentenced, the judge ruled.

He unleashed an expletive-filled rant after the verdict, as prosecutors argued he should be denied bail.

The prosecutor argued that he should be held because he is "somebody who has unlimited wealth" and could flee on a private plane.

"He doesn't have a plane," Cosby then erupted, adding a vulgarity which he directed at the prosecutor.

Cosby is on trial again…but a lot has changed

This time, though, the proceedings will unfold in a markedly different courtroom – and a different world.

As before, the state criminal case centres on Cosby's word against that of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who alleges Cosby drugged her, then assaulted her in January 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.

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Cosby trial: Defence rests after calling brief witness

     

Defence lawyers called to the stand a detective who led a 2005 investigation into claims that Mr Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.

The embattled star, 79, earlier told a judge he would not testify to defend himself against those allegations.

Mr Cosby denies the charge and his lawyer has said she agreed to sex.

Andrea Constand, the 44-year-old at the centre of the case, says the alleged incident happened during a visit to his home to seek career advice.

Cosby to stand trial for assault charges

A Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence during a hearing Tuesday to proceed with a criminal trial. It's not clear when his trial will start.

Cosby faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. She was the first of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.

If convicted, Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison.

Cosby's defense attorney slammed the decision to move forward with a trial.