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Bill Cosby's Team Releases New Prison Photo In Wake Of Mugshot Controversy

The newest photo of Bill Cosby is intended to show his fans "that he is doing OK during this pandemic," his team said.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Following the release of a mugshot photo that showed Bill Cosby looking somewhat disheveled, the former TV star's team have released a new snapshot of him smiling in an effort to "reassure" his supporters, according to a recent social media post.

In a photo shared on Wednesday on Cosby's official Twitter page, Cosby can be seen smiling while pulling down his mask during a phone conversation.

"This photo was taken by his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, during his first virtual video conference call with Mr. Cosby last week," the caption reads. "We are posting this to reassure his family and supporters that he is doing ok during this pandemic."

Cosby's hair and demeanor seemed notably different from a previously released photo. Cosby, 83, is currently incarcerated at the maximum-security State Correctional Institution in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and has been there since his conviction on sex-related charges in 2018.

As is the norm for correctional facilities, Cosby's mugshot was recently updated and the new photo, taken on September 4, shows Cosby with his hair longer and more disheveled than it had been while he was in the public eye. The photo also shows him smiling, with his eyes downcast.

Cosby, previously known as "America's Dad" due to his role on the long-running "The Cosby Show" sitcom, has had a spectacular fall from grace in recent years, as more and more allegations of sexual misconduct against him were made public, leading to his arrest in 2015. He was convicted in April 2018 of penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant, in relation to claims that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

In September 2018, a judge sentenced him to three to 10 years in state prison and agreed with prosecutors' recommendation that he be classified a "sexually violent predator." 

Cosby's first attempt at an appeal initially failed, but Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to review his conviction, according to the Associated Press. Cosby is slated to appear in court to plead his case in December.

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