Bill Cosby spokesman on jail sentence: ‘They persecuted Jesus and look what happened’

Bill Cosby’s PR team put on a brave face Tuesday after the once-beloved comedian was sentenced to 3 and 10 years in Pennsylvania state prison.

“They persecuted Jesus and look what happened,” publicist Andrew Wyatt told reporters outside the courthouse in Norristown, Penn., after Cosby was taken into custody following his April conviction for three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

“Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus,” Wyatt quickly clarified. “But we know what this country has done to black men for centuries. So Mr. Cosby is doing fine. He’s holding up well and everybody that wants to say anything negative, you’re a joke as well.”

“Mr. Cosby’s doing great. He knows that these are lies,” Wyatt said. “Everybody who wants to say anything negative, you’re a joke as well.”

“He knows that these are lies,” Wyatt added of Cosby.

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Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody in handcuffs at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least three years in prison and branded a 'sexually violent predator' for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. - The 81-year-old, once beloved by millions as 'America's Dad,' is the first celebrity convicted and sentenced for a sex crime since the downfall of Harvey Weinstein ushered in the #MeToo movement and America's reckoning with sexual harassment. (Photo by POOL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor/stand-up comedian Bill Cosby is taken out of to the Montgomery County Courthouse to state prison in shackles after being Sentenced To 3 To 10 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault Conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Bill Cosby accuser model Janice Dickinson, 63, exits the courtroom for lunch at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the second day of sentencing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. 60 women have accused the 81 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Bill Cosby accuser model Janice Dickinson, 63, exits the courtroom for lunch at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the second day of sentencing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. 60 women have accused the 81 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
US Entertainer Bill Cosby arrives for a scenting hearing in Norristown, PA, on September 25, 2018. Cosby appears before Judge Steven O'Neil after a jury found the 81 year old entertainer guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a April 2018 retrial. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Actor and Comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing in his sexual assault trial, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U..S. September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor/stand-up comedian Bill Cosby arrives for sentencing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor/stand-up comedian Bill Cosby arrives for sentencing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: (C) Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the first day of sentencing in his sexual assault trial on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. 60 women have accused the 80 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on the first day of sentencing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. 60 women have accused the 80 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Andrea Constand arrives at the sentencing hearing for the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 24, 2018. - Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby returned to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The frail 81-year-old -- once beloved as 'America's Dad' -- faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. (Photo by David MAIALETTI / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MAIALETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Former model Janice Dickinson arrives at the sentencing hearing for the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 24, 2018. - Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby returned to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The frail 81-year-old -- once beloved as 'America's Dad' -- faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. (Photo by David MAIALETTI / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MAIALETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US actor Bill Cosby arrives at court on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania to face sentencing for sexual assault. - Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby returned to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The frail 81-year-old -- once beloved as 'America's Dad' -- faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor/stand-up comedian Bill Cosby arrives for sentencing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor/stand-up comedian Bill Cosby arrives for sentencing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
Activist Bird Milliken protest outside the Montgomery County Courthouse with a puppet and soap bulbs as she waits the arrival of Bill Cosby for his scenting hearing, in Norristown, PA, on September 24, 2018. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US Entertainer Bill Cosby arrives for a scenting hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, PA, on September 24, 2018. Cosby appears before Judge Steven O'Neil after a jury found the 81 year old entertainer guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a April 2018 retrial. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Actor and Comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 24, 2018. - Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby returned to a Pennsylvania court on Monday to face sentencing for sexual assault, five months after his conviction at the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The frail 81-year-old -- once beloved as 'America's Dad' -- faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. (Photo by DAVID MAIALETTI / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MAIALETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
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While the disgraced TV and comedy icon has faced accusations of rape and sexual assault from dozens of women, all but one took place beyond the statute of limitation where they could be prosecuted. The sole exception was the case of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who says Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004.

He was ultimately found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault back in April.

“Evidence is overwhelming that it was planned predation,” said Judge Steven O’Neill in making his ruling. “This is a serious sexual assault.”

Judge O’Neill also ruled that Cosby would be classified as a “sexually violent predator ensuring that he will appear on sex offender registries and be required to undergo lifetime counseling and report regularly to authorities.

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