's request for parole
from his 3-to-10-year prison
sentence for sexual assault
was denied because he refuses to participate in required therapy for violent sexual predators.
“We knew he was going to be rejected,” Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt told Reuters. “He called me and told me that if he didn’t take the course, he would be denied, and he has maintained his innocence since the beginning.”
Wyatt stated that Cosby is “still hopeful” of winning his appeals, despite his refusal to participate in mandatory therapy.
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Cosby, now 83, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison in 2018 after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia
mansion; Constand, a basketball
coach at the time, considered the far older Cosby, an influential donor at the school, a professional mentor.
Five other women
testified against Cosby at his trial
, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them in similar attacks, and dozens more have come forward publicly with similar allegations.
Cosby maintained that the sex was consensual and later referred to his trial as a "set up."
Cosby, dubbed "America's Dad" for his role as the head of the Huxtable household on "The Cosby Show," was set to be eligible for parole as early as September 25. He was interviewed for consideration earlier this month. He has been serving his sentence at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix, just outside Philadelphia.
The parole board cited Cosby's failure to complete therapy, failure to develop a parole release plan, and a "negative recommendation" from corrections officials in a letter outlining its decision.
parole board's spokesperson, Laura Treaster, said in a statement that Cosby would not be considered for parole until he completed the sexual violent predator therapy. Officials will interview Cosby again once they've "been notified that he has completed his programming," Treaster said.
In December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
heard arguments on Cosby's conviction appeal; the court has yet to rule.
Nicole Weisensee Egan, author of "Chasing Cosby," first reported the parole denial on Facebook
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In response, Constand tweeted, "DENIED!"
— Andrea C. she/her/they/them (@ConstandAndrea) May 27, 2021