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Bill Cosby wants out

Bill Cosby's lawyers are filing a motion to get him released from a Pennsylvania jail amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As World Health Organization officials urge people to stay home and practice social distancing amid the global health crisis, the embattled comic's lawyers want the star put on house arrest amid reports that at least one prison officer has tested positive for Covid-19.

The 82-year-old is currently serving three to 10 years at State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Montgomery County, after he was found guilty of drugging and raping Temple University staff member Andrea Constand, but his attorneys are preparing to file a petition at Pennsylvania Superior Court in the next few days seeking for him to be moved.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six: "We believe it is only a matter of time before Mr. Cosby's prison likely falls victim to the virus, such a confined space is the perfect place for a virus to spread rapidly, it is hazardous to the prison staff and vulnerable inmates.

"Bill Cosby is no detriment or danger to the community. He can't go anywhere, he is elderly, he is blind. He can stay under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, as he did before, with his wife taking care of him. Let him do his time at home."

Wyatt added he'd been informed that more than one prison officer at the facility had tested positive for the virus, sharing: "We are now preparing a motion to ask the court and the state to release Mr. Cosby from prison and place him under house arrest for the duration of his sentence.

"We are not doing this because he is Bill Cosby, our concern is that he is 82, he is blind and has close contact with workers who take him to his medical appointments every day in a wheelchair, they take him for his meals and clean his cell. If they get infected they could pass it on to him."

The motion comes after U.S. President Donald Trump revealed the government was weighing a move to release "totally non-violent prisoners" or put them on house arrest to avoid coronavirus outbreaks in federal prisons and protect prison staff.



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