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We know that critics of Bill Cosby’s acquittal want him back in prison, but surprisingly, a number of his former cellmates feel the same way, though not for the reasons you’d think.
According to Cosby’s rep, Andrew Wyatt, who says Cosby’s old pals at SCI Phoenix contact him about three times a week, it’s not a jealousy issue. Instead, he claims that the prisoners are missing a sort of guru. Cosby was released from prison in June, which he obviously celebrated, but his fellow inmates may not have been pleased. According to Wyatt, Cosby had become the voice of reason within the prison walls, resolving disputes between inmates, offering advice, and promoting education as a means of improving their lives.
He also claims that Cosby encouraged them to demonstrate to corrections officers and the warden that they could be good citizens on the inside, and that they were prepared to do the same when released or paroled. Ironically, the disgraced comedian who was once dubbed “America’s Dad” now appears to hold that title among the inmates at Pennsylvania State Prison.
Wyatt answers the majority of inmate calls, but Cosby says he tries to get on the line as much as he can to say hello from time to time. While Cosby’s enjoying his newfound freedom, we’re told his former fellow inmates want him to return to SCI Phoenix as a motivational speaker.
Wyatt says Cosby’s planning something like that down the road, but for now, he’s focused on legal battles — a civil lawsuit, and Pennsylvania’s efforts to toss the ruling that freed him. Prosecutors want the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.