Jessa Schroeder, Daily Mail, September 25, 2018
Bill Cosby’s furious spokesman compared the disgraced actor to Jesus on Tuesday, just moments after he was sentenced to serve three to 10 years in a Pennsylvania prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago.
Andrew Wyatt spoke to reporters outside a Norristown courtroom where he called anyone with foul words to say about Cosby a ‘joke’.
Wyatt said: ‘Bill Cosby is doing great… Mr Cosby knows that God is watching over him… he knows that these are lies. They persecuted Jesus and look what happened.’
The spokesman further added: ‘I’m not saying Mr Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.
‘So Mr Cosby is doing fine… he’s holding up well and everybody who wants to say anything negative – you’re a joke as well.’
Wyatt went even further and suggested the trial was ‘the most racist and sexist in the history of the United States.’
He praised the once-beloved TV star as ‘one of the greatest civil rights leaders’ as well as a ‘great educator of men and boys.’
The 81-year-old former Cosby Show actor was sentenced to a minimum of three years for the 2004 incident in which he passed Andrea Constand three blue pills he called her ‘friends’ to help her ‘relax’. He then molested her at his Philadelphia home.
Cosby’s punishment concluded a two-day hearing at which the judge declared him a ‘sexually violent predator’.
In a five-page statement submitted to the court, the accuser, who resides alone with her two dogs, said she has coped with anxiety and trust issues for several years since the assault.
‘When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,’ she wrote in the statement.
‘Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.’
Cosby was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs as he clutched his walking cane after the sentencing. He did not appear to show emotion out of the ordinary.
Cosby, once dubbed America’s Dad, will be eligible for parole after his three-year prison term.
He is required to pay $25,000 in fines and an estimated $44,000 in prosecution fees.
Cosby’s team and supporters rallied around the convicted predator Tuesday after the bombshell news.
His wife, Camille Cosby, also claimed a prosecutor in the case used ‘falsified evidence’ to convict her husband.
District Attorney Kevin Steele denied that he presented a doctored phone recording between Cosby and his victim’s mother, and said: ‘It that’s what they’ve got, it’s beyond a hail Mary.’
Steele said the actor was able to ‘hide his true self and hide his crimes’ during the height of his fame.
Camille Cosby added that her husband’s defense team plans to address the matter on appeal.
Chief Cosby accuser Constand was seen beaming in the courtroom after the sentencing verdict.
The sexual assault survivor stood next to the district attorney at the press conference, but did not speak to reporters.
Cosby’s sentencing comes five months after he was convicted for the sex crime in April.
Constand was just one of roughly 60 women who have come forward to accuse the comic of sexual misconduct.
The 2004 incident was the only one that resulted in criminal charges.