What to Know
- A new prison photo shows Bill Cosby smiling with a disposable mask hanging off his face. The 83-year-old comedian's photo was taken Sept. 4.
- Such mug shot updates are routinely done in Pennsylvania prisons to document changes to inmates' appearance as they age.
- A later tweet from Cosby's verified account showed a picture of him on the telephone and sought to assure viewers that he was doing OK during the coronavirus pandemic.
A newly released prison mug shot shows Bill Cosby smiling with a disposable mask hanging off his face.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently updated Cosby’s mug shot, something routinely done to document changes to inmates' appearance as they age. Cosby's new photo was taken Sept. 4.
Later in the evening, a blurry picture was tweeted from Cosby's verified account showing him using what appeared to be a prison telephone, pulling a mask away from his chin as he smiled.
It was accompanied by text that said: “This photo was taken by his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, during his first virtual video conference call with Mr. Cosby last week. We are posting this to reassure his family and supporters that he is doing OK during this pandemic.”
Cosby, 83, was convicted of felony sex assault and is serving a three- to 10-year prison term at SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County. An appeals court had upheld his conviction, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed this year to review two key issues in the case. The appeal is scheduled to be heard Dec. 1.
Cosby, a once-beloved comedian long known as “America’s Dad,” became the first celebrity convicted of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era when he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.