American stand-up comedian, actor, and author Bill Cosby has been denied parole after refusing to participate in sex offender programs while incarcerated in state prison in Pennsylvania.
If you were alive in the 1980’s then you know that Bill Cosby was a star on the hit television show “The Cosby Show” and also created “A Different World” a show about African American students supporting and attending Historic Black College (Hillman) and learning very important lessons about life, culture and unity.
The disgraced actor fall from stardom was earth shattering for so many who looked up to him as a mentor and father figure.
The 83-year-old Cosby is currently serving a 3-to-10- year sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004.
Cosby refuses to participate and complete institutional programs.
The board cited that Cosby’s “failure to develop a parole release plan” and a “negative recommendation by the Department of Corrections” as factors that are contributed to the decision.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the Associated Press that the decision was “appalling” and added that Cosby proclaims his innocence.
The letter stated that at Cosby’s next interview with the board, it will review and consider whether he has successfully participated in and completed a treatment plan for sex offenders and violence prevention.
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for the disgruntled actor, said the news comes as no surprise to Cosby, his family, his friends and his legal team.
Last December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an appeal filed by Cosby’s legal team to overturn the conviction, and a ruling on the appeal has yet to be made.
Cosby was convicted and sentenced in 2018 in the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era, following a 2017 mistrial.