Bill Cosby Calls Himself A Political Prisoner, Compares Himself to Gandhi & MLK in New Statement

Source: CBS

Cosby has released his first statement from prison.

Last year, Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison after being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Since he’s been in prison, we haven’t heard much from Cosby. That changed on Wednesday, February 13th, when Cosby released his first statement from prison.

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Released by press representative Andrew Wyatt, the statement sees Cosby comparing himself to people like Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Here is a piece of the statement:

My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders, and religions have landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron…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.

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The statement was, in part, a response to an interview Wyatt did with NBC. During that interview, Wyatt said Cosby told him that prison has been “an amazing experience.”

He also said that Cosby is developing a new TV show idea for when he gets out.

Check out Cosby’s full statement (via David P Gelles of CNN) below.

H/T: Vice

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