Actor and comedian Bill Cosby will not be walking out of prison anytime soon despite the recent uptick of offenders being granted early release due to the coronavirus.
Cosby is currently serving up to 10 years for sexual assault in a facility in Pennsylvania, and a state official tells Fox News that any speculation that Cosby will be able to serve time at home is false.
“Sex offenders are not eligible under the reprieve criteria,” a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesperson said in a statement.
Cosby’s rep, Andrew Wyatt, however, appeared to exude confidence when discussing his client’s potential.
“We strongly feel that Mr. Cosby will be released and remanded to house arrest in the upcoming weeks. Mr. Cosby is 82 years old; Mr. Cosby has an underlying medical condition — blindness,” Wyatt said.
Cosby is currently housed at the SCI Phoenix facility in Montgomery County, where at least one corrections officer reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 in March.
The confusion about Cosby’s fate comes amid Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordering the Department of Corrections to relocate some current prisoners to their homes or “community corrections facilities.”
A rep for Cosby did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.