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 sexual assaulting a woman fourteen years ago.
Andrew Wyatt spoke to reporters outside a Norristown courtroom where he called anyone who has anything bad 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 suggested the trial was ‘the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.’
He claimed Cosby was ‘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 drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home back in 2004.
His punishment concluded the two-day hearing in which the judge declared him to be a ‘sexually violent predator’.
Bill Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt said outside a Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday: ‘Mr Cosby knows that God is watching over him… he knows that these are lies. They persecuted Jesus and look what happened’
Bill Cosby, center, leaves the courtroom after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for felony sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown. Wyatt is pictured to his right
Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Tuesday in Eagleville following his sentencing
Cosby departs from his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday. Cosby left in handcuffs and his walking cane
In a five-page statement submitted to the court, the accuser, who resides alone with her two pups, said she has coped with anxiety 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 held onto his walking cane following the sentencing. He did not appear to show much emotion.
Cosby, once dubbed America’s dad, will be eligible for parole after his three-year sentence.
He is required to pay $25,000 in fines and an estimated $44,000 in prosecution fees.
People smile during a press conference with Andrea Constand (C), who was sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby, after the sentencing of the comedian September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania
Constand listens as Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele talks about Cosby finally being behind bars. Cosby is pictured Tuesday as he enters the courtroom for his sentencing
Cosby’s team and supporters rallied around him Tuesday after the news.
His wife, Camille Cosby, 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.’
Camille Cosby said her husband’s defense team plans to address the matter on appeal.
Steele said the once-loved actor was able to ‘hide his true self and hide his crimes’ during the height of his fame.
Constand was seen as she stood next to the district attorney, but did not speak to reporters.
Cosby’s sentencing comes five months after he was convicted of giving the accuser pills before he assaulted her at his Philadelphia residence.
Constand was just one of roughly 60 women who have come forward to accuse the actor of sexual misconduct.
The 2004 incident was the only one that resulted in criminal charges.
Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday in Norristown
Cosby’s punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing where the judge declared him a ‘sexually violent predator’