Some black Americans see racial comeuppance in Cosby saga
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After spending years building his persona as a model husband and father, Bill Cosby took an abrupt turn nearly 15 years ago with a now-infamous speech to an NAACP convention.
He used his celebrity status to condemn poor African-Americans, chiding them to pull up their sagging pants, deriding them for having children out of wedlock and blaming them for their impoverished circumstances.
Bill Cosby behind bars: Appeal looming, lawsuits pending
Their famous client behind bars, Bill Cosby's legal team is readying a long-shot bid to get his sexual assault conviction overturned. They're also fighting civil lawsuits filed by some accusers that threaten to drain his vast fortune.
Bill Cosby hit with $2.75M legal bill after losing dispute
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has been hit with a $2.75 million legal bill as he marks the end of his first year in prison.
The 82-year-old Cosby had challenged a California arbitration...
The Latest: Cosby has several avenues to appeal conviction
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Bill Cosby (all times local):
Bill Cosby has several avenues of appeal if he hopes to get out of prison.
The 81-year-old comedian spent the first night of his three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault alone in a single cell near the infirmary at SCI Phoenix, a new state lock up outside Philadelphia.
Cosby's lawyers, meanwhile, are working to get him out of there.
Quotes, reaction to Cosby’s sentence of 3-10 years in prison
Quotes from the hearing and reactions to Bill Cosby's sentence of three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a Temple University athletics administrator at his suburban Philadelphia home:
Cosby lawyers ask appeals court to toss #MeToo conviction
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday questioned why actor Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his lawyers asked the panel to overturn...
Cosby appeal tests other accusers’ testimony in #MeToo era
When three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges gather Monday to hear Bill Cosby's appeal of his sexual assault conviction, more than the aging comedian's freedom may be at stake.
Andrea Constand’s impact statement: Bill Cosby ‘robbed me’
Victim impact statement submitted in writing by Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee whom Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting in 2004, and released by prosecutors at Cosby's sentencing Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania:
To truly understand the impact that sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened.
Cosby appeal to focus on other women’s testimony, quaaludes
Prosecutors set to defend Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction in appeals court next month call the accusations from other women no coincidence, but "the culmination of a decades-long pattern of...
Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson says deal brings some justice
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Model and TV personality Janice Dickinson on Thursday called a settlement in her defamation lawsuit against the now imprisoned Bill Cosby a victory that brings a measure of...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby's spokesman says an insurance company has settled another defamation suit filed by an accuser, this one by model Janice Dickinson. ?
Cosby files appeal over testimony from other women accusers
Comedian Bill Cosby has filed a lengthy appeal of the sex assault conviction that landed him in prison, complaining the testimony of five other accusers was "strikingly dissimilar" to the pending...
Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The documentary "Leaving Neverland" presented a disturbing depiction of Michael Jackson as a child molester, but the initial wave of negative publicity hasn't greatly diminished...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Bill Cosby has dropped his countersuit against seven women who accused him of sexually assaulting them.
Court papers filed Friday show the four-year defamation case...
Judge: Cosby accusers’ testimony points to ‘signature’ crime
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The judge who presided over Bill Cosby's criminal case said he let five other accusers testify at the sex-assault trial because their accounts had "chilling similarities" that...
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Appeals court denies Bill Cosby’s latest bid for bail
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An appeals court has denied Bill Cosby's latest request to leave prison on bail while he fights his sex-assault conviction.
Cosby renews attacks on trial judge as he seeks bail
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Imprisoned actor Bill Cosby is renewing attacks on a Pennsylvania trial judge as he seeks bail while he appeals his sex-assault conviction.
Bill Cosby fighting $1M a month legal bill in arbitration
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fee dispute between actor Bill Cosby and one of the many law firms hired to address his legal problems shows the Los Angeles firm alone was billing Cosby $1 million a month...
Polanski asks court to restore his film academy membership
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski asked a judge Friday to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards nearly a year after he was expelled from it for sexual...
Cosby’s insurer settles LA accuser’s suit before deposition
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's insurance company has settled another lawsuit filed by a female accuser a week before the imprisoned comedian was set to give a deposition in the case, prompting...
7 who accused Cosby of sex abuse settle defamation suits
Seven women who said Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago and then labeled them liars by denying it have settled defamation lawsuits against the imprisoned actor.
The Latest: Cosby’s lawyers say his insurer OK’d settlement
The Latest on a settlement involving defamation lawsuits against Bill Cosby (all times local):
A spokesman says that Bill Cosby's insurer authorized a settlement of...
Justice Thomas calls for re-examining landmark libel case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court should consider overturning a 55-year-old landmark ruling that makes it hard for public figures to win libel suits, writing in a...
Cosby vows no remorse, even if he sits in prison 10 years
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby says he "will never have remorse" for the sexual encounter that sent him to prison because he considers his conviction the work of "a low-life district attorney and a corrupt judge."
Cosby's stance could leave him to serve the high end of a three- to 10-year prison term since sex offenders often must show remorse to win parole.
Spokesman Andrew Wyatt says Cosby is prepared to stay in prison rather than apologize for a 2004 encounter he considers consensual.
Spokesman: Cosby’s wife, children haven’t seen him in prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has been moved to the general population but hasn't had any visits from family four months after arriving at a Pennsylvania state prison.
The 81-year-old Cosby, who is legally blind, has been moved out of special housing where he spent time getting acclimated, a prison spokeswoman said. He still has inmates assigned to help him throughout the day, given his age and disability.
Spokesman: Cosby’s wife, children haven’t seen him in prison
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — 3:10 p.m.:
A spokesman for Bill Cosby says his wife and children haven't visited him in a Pennsylvania prison because the actor doesn't want them "in that environment."
Spokesman Andrew Wyatt says Cosby also fears the visits would become a circus. Camille Cosby made only brief appearances at his two criminal trials, while their daughters stayed away.
Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year sentence for a 2004 sexual assault.
Bill Cosby victim settles defamation suit with ex-prosecutor
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The victim in Bill Cosby's criminal sex-assault case has settled a defamation lawsuit against a former prosecutor who said she added details to her story over time.
Andrea Constand's suit against Bruce Castor had been set for trial in April in Philadelphia after a federal judge refused to dismiss it. The case then settled this week, court records show.
Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said Thursday that the terms are confidential and both sides had agreed not to comment.
Synagogue massacre, clergy abuse top Pennsylvania stories
An anti-Semite with a cache of weapons visits terror upon a Pittsburgh synagogue. Grand jurors savage the Catholic Church, rekindling a global crisis over clergy abuse. In the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, Bill Cosby is convicted of sexual assault and, a few months later, enters prison.
These were the headlines in a hugely consequential 2018, a year that saw Pennsylvania play host to some of the nation's biggest stories.
Court says no bail as Cosby appeals sex assault conviction
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction.
The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision.
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Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers detailed nearly a dozen alleged legal errors Tuesday, including the judge's decision to send the case to trial, as they appeal his sexual assault conviction and three- to 10-year prison term.
They've also asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this month to release the 81-year-old disgraced comedian from a state prison near Philadelphia while the appeal proceeds.
Images of 2018: AP photographers capture a world in motion
A human tide of would-be Americans, rolling toward the border. American rockets streaking across the darkness over Damascus. Students fleeing a gunman at a Florida high school, their hands raised in the air.
Cosby judge rejects new trial bid; Camille Cosby sees bias
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby's bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian's wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband.
The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby's trial also led the entertainer's lawyers to file their appeal with the state Superior Court, the next step in trying to reverse his felony sex assault conviction.
Prosecutors: Bill Cosby’s bid for new trial is ‘meritless’
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case called his bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing "meritless," and asked the judge to deny him a post-trial hearing.
Bill Cosby switches up legal team with appeal looming
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby is switching up his legal team as he looks to appeal his conviction and three- to 10-year sentence in his Pennsylvania sex assault case.
A court filing Friday says the 81-year-old Cosby is replacing the suburban Philadelphia lawyer who handled his sentencing with a pair of criminal defense attorneys.
Joseph Green is exiting after about four months on Cosby's defense team. The new lawyers are Brian Perry and Kristen Weisenberger of Harrisburg.
Prosecutor pushes for legal change after clergy abuse report
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has appealed to legislators to "do the right thing" and change state law so that civil cases can be pursued in court in decades-old clergy abuse cases.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke Friday at the court complex outside Philadelphia where Bill Cosby was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
NOT REAL NEWS: Was Bill Cosby in a prison food fight?
Comedian Bill Cosby, now inmate No. NN7687 in a Pennsylvania prison, was not slapped with a chicken patty during a food fight, despite stories circulating online.
Reports claiming inmates were throwing food at the 81-year-old Cosby began circulating on online news sites and social media soon after he was sent to prison for sexual assault. He was sentenced to three-to-10 years in prison Sept. 25, after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004.
School board member defends Cosby, criticizes ‘whores’
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school board member is under fire for Facebook posts saying men are being destroyed by "whores" and defending Bill Cosby, who was recently convicted of rape.
Angered residents demanded Marion County board member Nancy Stacy resign during Tuesday's meeting. That came a day after she posted, "Tired of WHORES destroying men! Set Bill Cosby free, says 'Mama Bear' with sons!"
Fla. school board member under fire for sexual assault posts
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Residents of a Florida county denounced comments by a school board member who said actor Bill Cosby should be freed after being convicted of sexual assault.
Residents at a school board meeting in Marion County, Florida on Tuesday held up signs of school board member Nancy Stacy's Facebook posts, which included a comment about how she was tired of men being destroyed by "whores."
Cosby lawyers ask court to void conviction, prison sentence
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers have asked a Pennsylvania court to overturn the actor's conviction and three- to 10-year prison sentence because of what they call a string of errors in his sex assault case.
#MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells. And it's increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm.
Critics sound off on Garrison Keillor appearance in Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of the Burlington Book Festival are facing criticism over a scheduled appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of "A Prairie Home Companion."
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's gallery includes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford during a Senate hearing; Bill Cosby after his sentencing for sexual assault; and a woman attending a memorial for victims of the Guatemalan civil war.
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The Latest: Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing (all times local):
Bill Cosby's accusers say the comedian got what he deserved when a judge sentenced him to prison for sexual assault.
Some of the women who allege Cosby drugged and raped them spoke out Tuesday after he was sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars.
Accuser Victoria Valentino says "this is a great day for women and a great day for rape survivors."