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Bill Cosby 'wants prison release amid coronavirus outbreak'

Bill Cosby 'wants prison release amid coronavirus outbreak'
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Bill Cosby is reportedly hoping to be released from jail early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby has reportedly asked to be released from jail amid the coronavirus crisis sweeping the globe.

The 82-year-old is currently serving a three to 10-year prison sentence after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in 2018 - the culmination of a process which saw 60 women come forward to make allegations of drugging, rape and other sexual assault stretching back to the 1960s.

According to Deadline, Cosby's team are seeking to have him transferred from jail to house arrest due to the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease, even though Cosby himself is not showing any symptoms.

"For the record, Mr. Cosby has not been tested for the virus - but is feeling fine - other than being blind and his blood pressure spiking at times," said his publicist Andrew Wyatt.

"Mr. Cosby's lawyers are now considering filing a motion asking the court to release Mr. Cosby from prison and place him under house arrest for the duration of his sentence.

"Specifically, the lawyers are focusing on whether states are granting early release to elderly inmates from prisons due to the Coronavirus, which could be a valid legal argument for Mr. Cosby."

Cosby is currently incarcerated at SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania.

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