What Bill Cosby Can Expect as He Begins Prison Sentence: 'Life as He Knows It Is Over'
He may be able to strike up a friendship with guards, but he can also be a target of an inmate looking to make a name for himself.
An exhausted Bill Cosby traded colorful sweaters for neutral prison blues ahead of his first night behind bars.
He looks crestfallen in his mugshot, taken hours after his sentencing Tuesday. Cosby will call the Phoenix State Correctional Institution in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, his home for the next three to 10 years.
He has been issued inmate number NN7687 and the fallen idol is said to be "in good spirits" after his first night.
The 81-year-old comic woke up at 7 a.m. Wednesday and his breakfast was grits, hard boiled eggs, toast, juice and coffee.
Cosby was allowed to make a phone call, which was to his wife, Camille.
Cosby's publicists, Andrew Wyatt and Ebony Benson, were by his side when he was led away in handcuffs Tuesday.
“People are really nice there and treating him well," Wyatt said. "They can’t believe he's there."
Wyatt and Benson say Cosby is blind and no one told him to look up at the camera for his mugshot.
Due to his celebrity, he will likely be placed in solitary confinement or the long term medical unit. The maximum security prison is only three months old and is considered state of the art.
Before Cosby, O.J. Simpson was the most famous prisoner in America. He was released last year after serving 10 years for armed robbery.
“They're gonna have to put him in protective custody because it takes one nut,” Simpson told TMZ of attention from other inmates. "The problem is the nature of the crime. Rapists are frowned upon in prison."
Cosby's accusers are expressing zero sympathy for him.
One of his accusers, Lily Bernard, is celebrating, telling Inside Edition: "It feels like justice and truth won over lies."
“He seemed old," another accuser, Victoria Valentino, said. "He seemed frail, he seemed defeated, deflated."
Appearing alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, Lise-Lotte Lublin said: "It felt like consequences have been imposed, even if he doesn't want to do it, he has to do it."
Cosby's former lawyer, Tom Mesereau, said the case it not yet over and Cosby will appeal much of the sentencing.
Mesereau called Cosby's trial "unfair."
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