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Bill Cosby Moved to General Population at Pennsylvania Prison

Bill Cosby was moved to the general population at the Pennsylvania prison, where he’s serving at least three years for sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago.  

The disgraced comedian was relocated on Jan. 28 and is in a single cell without a cellmate, according to CNN. A state corrections spokeswoman said that Cosby is “treated just the same as any other inmate.”

The 81-year-old was found guilty last year on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually abusing Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. He was sentenced in September to three to 10 years in prison.

“He made it clear that he’s not in general population but has contact with a trustee that guides him around. He does not eat in the area with other residents, he does not have a cellmate, and he does not exercise with other residents,” Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesman, said Thursday. “Thus meaning that Mr. Cosby is not in general population because that would be detrimental to his safety and security, due to his blindness.”

Wyatt told the Associated Press that Cosby’s family hasn’t visited him since he began his sentence and Cosby doesn’t want them to. “He doesn’t want to have them in that environment. Why put them in that position, to make it turn into some form of circus?”

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.