Bill Cosby says he's having an 'amazing experience' behind bars

In his first public statement from prison, Bill Cosby said he will never have remorse for his crimes and called himself a political prisoner.

Cosby, 81, received his sentence after being found guilty of having drugged and sexually assaulted Toronto woman Andrea Constand in 2004.

In his statement, Cosby compares his time in prison to the sentences of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi while at the same time saying he has no remorse for any of his actions. "Not for justice, but for their political aspirations", Cosby said.

"Despite the circumstances, this is an incredible experience" for the millionaire entertainer, Bill's publicist and crisis manager Andrew V. Wyatt told NBC 10 Philadelphia in a two-part interview that aired this week. Cosby, who is being held at the State Correctional Institution-Phoenix around 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, was moved into the prison's general population two weeks ago, CNN reported.

'So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners - Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis'. "The Truth is Strong!"

Wyatt continued, "When I visit him, it's nothing sad about it".

"Despite the circumstances, he said, 'This is an awesome experience, '" Wyatt told the network.

Bill Cosby has a unique perspective of his time in prison so far: He's calling it "amazing". But Wyatt says Mr. Cosby prefers it to receive little to no visitors.

"He doesn't want to have them in that environment", said Wyatt, who visits him regularly.

"People want to limit him to being a comedian and actor, but Mr. Cosby is a civil-rights icon", Wyatt told INSIDER.

Cosby's family lives on a family estate that's located about 32 kilometres from the prison.

A housing unit in SCI Phoenix, the prison where Cosby is jailed. Cosby is appealing the conviction.

"He's mentally strong. He's just a strong man", Wyatt added.

He is forgoing bread and desert, and "hasn't drank any coffee since he's been in there", Wyatt explained.

During the day, they're permitted to spend several hours in an exercise yard or gym; they can also spend time in a library, classroom, day room or a visiting area.

  • Jacqueline Ellis