Comedian Bill Cosby was denied his petition for parole earlier this month after refusing to complete a treatment program for sex offenders.
“The Cosby Show” patriarch was accused by at least 33 women of sexual assault, child sex abuse, and rape that spanned from 1965 to 2008. When Hannibal Buress’s comedy set describing Cosby’s sexual misdeeds went viral in late 2014, eight civil suits were filed against him by alleged victims whose assaults were too old to prosecute criminally.
The former Jell-O spokesman was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against a single female victim and was sentenced to three to ten years in prison on Sept. 25, 2018.
The 83-year-old has resided in SCI-Phoenix for more than two years, and had an opportunity to get an early release on May 11, but failed to meet the requirements that warranted whittling down his sentence.
The Pennsylvania parole board rejected his bid because Cosby neglected to “develop a parole release plan,” and was given a “negative recommendation made by the department of corrections.”
The recommendation was likely based on the fact that he refused to attend therapy for violent sexual predators. “It was brought to our attention by Mr. Cosby that over the past months, members of the PA State Parole Board had met with him and emphatically stated, ‘if he did not participate in SVP [Sexual Violate Predator] courses that his parole would be denied,’” a memo said.
Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt was not surprised by the board’s decision. “We knew he was going to be rejected. He called me and told me that if he didn’t take the course, he would be denied,” he remarked.
In order to be considered for parole in the future, Cosby will have had to “successfully participated in/successfully completed a treatment program for sex offenders and violence prevention,” and get a “favorable recommendation for parole from the department of corrections.”