In an exclusive interview with BlackPressUSA, Cosby discussed his time in prison and Black pop culture as a whole.
Bill Cosby has broken his silence. NNPA Newswire senior correspondent Stacy Brown spoke with the 82-year old TV star turned convicted sex offender, who’s currently serving 3-to-10 years in SCI-Phoenix near Philadelphia.
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During the interview, Cosby expressed no guilt or remorse in relation to his charges of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby also expects to serve his entire sentence. “I have eight years and nine months left,” Cosby said. “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse.”
Cosby went further as to suggest his trial was a conspiracy.
“It’s all a setup. That whole jury thing. They were imposters,” Cosby stated.
“Look at the woman who blew the whistle,” he said, alleging one potential juror overheard another proclaim before the trial that, “he’s guilty, we can all go home now.”
During the interview, Cosby also discussed his infamous 2004 “Pound Cake” speech at an NAACP awards ceremony. In the speech, he blamed a lack of parenting for inner-city violence, high drop-out rates, and youth incarceration. Since his incarceration, Cosby serves as a weekly guest speaker with the Mann Up Association, a reform program to encourage and empower incarcerated African-American men.
He insists his comments came from a place of concern. “I tell them what I know and what I feel. I feel that everything that I said in 2004, there is a light [behind it],” Cosby told Brown.
“The mistake I made [in 2004] is making it sound like all the people were making the infractions, and that’s not true.”
Cosby also alluded to a conspiracy in pop culture to remove positive representations of Black families in the wake of The Cosby Show.
“While it was running, other networks were trying to belittle whatever it represented,” Cosby stated.
“Then, with ‘A Different World,’ they really ramped up the rhetoric…I remember hearing shows coming on advertising saying this is not ‘The Cosby Show,’ which is an indictment in itself.”
This was the first statement Cosby has put out since February when he called himself a political prisoner.
Listen to the full interview on BlackPressUSA.