Bill Cosby's Wife Hasn't Visited Him in Prison Once, Former Inmates Say
The comedian's spokesperson told Inside Edition that Bill Cosby doesn't want his family to see him in a prison uniform.
Bill Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, has not visited him once during his eight months in prison — and neither have his children.
That's the revelation shared by two former inmates who met the disgraced comedian at Phoenix State Correctional Institution in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he's serving a three- to 10-year sentence for sexual assault.
The two men, Raheem Shackleford and Don Jones, were both recently released from the prison and spoke exclusively to Inside Edition's Les Trent.
"Have either one of you seen his wife visit?" Trent asked them.
"No," they both responded.
Bill Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, confirmed their account, and said Cosby's children have also not visited him behind bars.
"I'm his only visitor," Wyatt said, adding: "He has requested that his family not visit him."
"He doesn't want them to see him in a prison uniform," he said. "The image that he wants them to be reminded of is the day we walked out for his sentencing, when he walked out as Bill Cosby in a suit and tie, not Bill Cosby as NN7687."
Shackleford and Jones said the absence of family visits will make Cosby's time in prison much harder.
"It hurts when your woman stops coming or she doesn't come. That's a hard feeling. I went through that, I know," said Shackleford. "There's nothing like, when you're in that place, having your family come to hug you and say that they love you."
The two former inmates said Cosby spends some of his time in a prison group that counsels younger inmates.
"They talk to the guys in the jail about becoming men," said Jones.
"I guess he's like a mentor," Shackleford added. "He helps the people and I guess gives fatherly and still gives Heathcliff, that Heathcliff Huxtable."
Cosby, who served in the U.S. Navy, is also in a special veterans unit at the prison.
The men say he was put in isolation in his first days at the prison for his own safety, but he soon asked to be placed in the general population.
"He was like, 'Listen, I'm from Philadelphia. Let me out. I ain't scared of nothing,'" Shackleford said.
Cosby was convicted of three counts of indecent assault in April 2018 and started his sentence in September.
His spokesman said the comedian is refusing to attend a prison course for sexually violent predators because he considers that would be an admission of guilt. He said Cosby is jeopardizing his chances of parole by doing so, but would rather serve the full 10 years than attend the course.
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