America’s Dad hasn’t received a single visit from his family during his time in the slammer, his spokesman said.
Bill Cosby has been holed up since late September at SCI Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia, about 20 miles from his home in Cheltenham – but Camille, his long-suffering wife of 50-plus years, and his three surviving daughters haven’t made the trip to see him.
And his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, doesn’t expect the family to pop by any time soon, either.
“He doesn’t want to have them in that environment,” Wyatt said Thursday. “Why put them in that position, to make it turn into some form of a circus?”
Cosby, 81, is serving a 3- to 10-year sentence for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.
Camille notably shied away from her husband’s two highly publicized trials – making only one brief appearance at each. Last year, she filed an ethics complaint against the trial judge, accusing him of bias in the case.
Cosby was moved into general population last week and now resides in a single cell in a unit reserved for veterans, Wyatt said. He had previously been in a private cell and a day room near the infirmary.
The once-venerable comic – who reigned as “America’s Dad” for his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” – believes he’s a “political prisoner” targeted for his social and political views, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, according to Wyatt.
“He said, ‘They want to entrap me to say I’m remorseful, or to say I did something I didn’t do.’ I’m not going to fall for it,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt said Cosby – who claims he’s legally blind – gets up before dawn to do leg lifts and crunches in his cell. He has also been working on new creative projects.
“He hasn’t stopped thinking about the things that he’s going to do when he gets out,” Wyatt said.
Cosby is appealing his conviction, stemming from a retrial last year on three counts of felony sex assault.
His comedic legacy has been torpedoed by dozens of women who’ve accused him of sexual assault similar to Constand’s.
With Post Wires