Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby thinks prison has been an ‘amazing experience’ so far, his spokesman says.
The 81-year-old actor was recently moved to a general population unit within the SCI Phoenix prison outside Philadelphia as he serves a three to 10 year sentence for sexual assault.
‘He said despite the circumstances, this is an amazing experience. He used the term amazing experience,’ his spokesman Andrew Wyatt told NBC10 on Tuesday.
In a rare interview, Wyatt gave a glimpse into Cosby’s life behind bars, saying he works out in his cell, has eliminated bread and coffee and rinses all of his food with water to cut out sodium.
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby thinks prison has been an ‘amazing experience’ so far, his spokesman Andrew Wyatt says. The pair are pictured in September during his trial
‘He looks really amazing,’ Wyatt said.
‘He’s down to 195 pounds, he hasn’t eaten any bread, no dessert and he hasn’t drank any coffee since he’s been in there.
‘Now the funny part about is Mrs Cosby’s been trying to stop him from drinking coffee for 55 years and says it took this to stop him from drinking coffee.’
Wyatt went on to say that Cosby had requested prison guards wake him up a 3.30am each day.
‘They wake him up at 3.30am and he exercises. In his cell he does leg lifts, he pushes up against the bed and does push ups to stay in shape, he showers and he waits for breakfast,’ Wyatt said.
Before he eats anything in prison, Wyatt said he rinses his food in water at least three times.
‘He puts it in a little cup, he walks over to a sink, he runs water into the cup over the food, shakes the food up and drains it,’ he said.
‘He does that three times and he eats the food.’
His spokesman Andrew Wyatt told NBC10 on Tuesday that the disgraced comedian ‘looks really amazing’
The 81-year-old actor was recently moved to a general population unit within the SCI Phoenix prison outside Philadelphia as he serves a three to 10 year sentence for sexual assault
Wyatt gave a glimpse into Cosby’s life behind bars, saying he works out in his cell doing leg lifts and push ups
Apart from his attorneys, Wyatt is the only person Cosby has allowed to come and see him in prison.
He said Cosby’s wife, Camille, and their children have not visited. He speaks to his wife three times a day for three minutes each.
Wyatt has previously said Cosby doesn’t want his family “in that environment’ and fears the visits would become a circus.
When he was first jailed, Cosby spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to prison life.
Cosby, who is legally blind, now has a single cell in a two-story unit at the newly built prison in Montgomery County.
Other inmates are assigned to help him throughout the day, given his age and disability, state prison spokeswoman Amy Worden said.
Inmates there can spend several hours a day in the gym or exercise yard, and other time in the library, classroom, day room or visiting area.
Cosby was in a single cell near the infirmary with a private day room. He is pictured above in handcuffs following his sentencing in September
They have a sink and toilet in their cells, and are allowed to keep a TV or tablet there if they buy them.
Most inmates at Phoenix are awakened at 6am and back in their cells by 8.45pm.
He was sentenced in September to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004.
He has been barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades.
Cosby must serve the minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole.
The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role on the top-rated ‘Cosby Show’ in the 1980s was convicted last April of violating Andrea Constand, Temple University women’s basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. Only Constand’s allegations were recent enough to lead to criminal prosecution.
It was the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era and Cosby became the first star to go to prison.