Bill Cosby is expressing gratitude to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and many other prominent African-American leaders who have called for Cosby’s release from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Bill Cosby was convicted in April 2018 on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of his former friend, Andrea Constand, in 2004, and is serving a three-to-10-year sentence in a Pennsylvania state prison.
Speaking to The Philadelphia Tribune in an article published Tuesday, Jackson asked for the state of Pennsylvania to reexamine the risks that Cosby faces while in state prison as COVID-19 continues to spread.
“He’s 84 and blind. Who’s he going to hurt? He should be home and free and away from all of those germs,” Jackson said, adding that the “government needs to do something” and that he thought Cosby “shouldn’t still be in prison.”
His representative Andrew Wyatt issued a statement to USA TODAY on Wednesday on behalf of the comedian and his wife Camille Cosby, thanking Jackson “for his courageousness and his support.”