Following his conviction last week in a retrial on charges that he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is reportedly preparing himself for what could amount to a life sentence in prison.
Currently free on $1 million bail pending a sentencing hearing, the New York Post‘s Page Six reported that the 80-year-old felon is dealing with the prospect of as much as a 30-year sentence.
“This is what they wanted,” he said in an exclusive post-conviction interview with the outlet.
He is now largely confined to Philadelphia and the home he shares with his wife, Camille, whom he reportedly referred to as another “victim” of the trial against him.
Cosby also spoke candidly about “that place,” which is his term for the correctional facility where he could potentially be sent following a sentencing hearing set to take place in coming months.
“When they send me to that place, I want you to be there to tell my story because it seems no one is listening, no one wants the real story,” he told reporters.
Cosby has been open with Page Six in the past, telling the tabloid last year that he did turned down a plea bargain that would have allowed him to plead guilty in exchange for house arrest instead of a prison term.
“When there was talk of a plea bargain, I said no,” he said. “I just refused to plead guilty to something that just didn’t happen.”
He went on to claim the he, accuser Andrea Constand, and prosecutors in the case knew he was innocent.
“Why take a deal?” Cosby reiterated. “Not when they want me to say that I’m a sex offender. I didn’t do what they said I did.”
Making an allusion to former South African President Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment as a political prisoner, the comedian has previously indicated that he is prepared for prison if that is the court’s decision.
“So if they send me to that place, then that’s what they will do,” he said. “And I will have to go there.”
[Featured image: Bill Cosby/Mark Makela, Pool Photo via AP]