Bill Cosby trended on Twitter Tuesday after prison officials uploaded a new mugshot of the comedian where he looks disheveled and unkempt. Social media also took issue with the photo as it appeared Cosby was smiling about something, TMZ said.
Cosby is currently serving a 3-to-10 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. The 83-year-old comedian — who was accused by at least 60 women of sexual assault — is being housed at the 3,830-bed SCI Phoenix in Collegeville, Penn, TheWrap reported.
The Pennsylvania prison system said it took the new Cosby mugshot as it updates inmate headshots from time to time to keep up with the inmate’s appearance, TMZ reported. In Cosby’s latest one, he is wearing a mask because of the coronavirus protocols at the prison.
Cosby had hoped the state would grant him a reprieve because of the virus. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order earlier this year to give temporary reprieve for some non-violent offenders who are at-risk for the coronavirus. Cosby’s publicist originally said he was eligible. But, TheWrap reported, the governor’s office quickly disabused him of that notion.
“Mr. Cosby is not eligible under Gov. Wolf’s order since he was convicted of a violent offense (aggravated indecent assault) and was determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator,” a spokesperson for the D.A.’s office said.
Twitter Shows Bill Cosby Some Remorse
Social media is split over Bill Cosby’s latest mugshot. Many feel sorry for him. His hair is messy, making him look vulnerable. But others are reminding them of his alleged victims and how they must have felt.
However, a photo of Cosby posted on his own social media account shows the comedian looking much more alert and groomed.
Cosby said last year he expects to serve the entirety of his 10-year sentence. In an interview with the Black Press of America, he said he believed his trial was a sham and he has no remorse. He also said he considers himself a political prisoner.
“I have eight years and nine months left,” Cosby stated. “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”