Bill Cosby refuses sex offender program, so is denied parole

Pennsylvania
Bill Cosby leaves Montgomery County Courthouse

In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman. The actor has spent more than two years in prison since he was convicted of sexual assault in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Now the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear his appeal of the conviction on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The arguments will focus on the trial judge’s decision to let five other accusers testify for the prosecution. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) – Actor Bill Cosby has been denied parole after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison in Pennsylvania.

The 83-year-old Cosby has long said he would serve the full 10-year sentence rather than acknowledge wrongdoing and take part in the programs.

This is the first year he was eligible for parole under the three- to 10-year sentence handed down in 2018.

Cosby meanwhile hopes the state Supreme Court will reverse his conviction.

His lawyers say the judge erred in letting five other accusers testify and letting the jury hear his damaging testimony from a related lawsuit.

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