The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:00 am


Cosby claims innocence, set to do max

Associated Press

Bill Cosby says he's prepared to serve his 10-year maximum sentence for sexual assault rather than show remorse for a crime the comedian says he didn't commit.

Cosby is serving three to 10 years in a state prison near Philadelphia after a jury last year convicted him of sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004. The 82-year-old says the Pennsylvania parole board is “not going to hear me say that I have remorse.” He thinks it's therefore unlikely he'll be released early.

He made the comments in a phone interview Sunday with BlackPressUSA as he appeals his felony conviction and sex offender status.

Legal experts say sex offenders typically must show remorse to be considered for parole.

T.I. joking

Rapper T.I. says he was joking when he said he goes to the gynecologist with his daughter every year to make sure her hymen is “still intact.”

The performer, who received backlash when the comments went viral this month, told Jada Pinkett-Smith on Monday's episode of “Red Table Talk” that he also apologized to his daughter.

Says T.I.: “I began to embellish and exaggerate, and I think a lot of people kind of took it extremely literal.”

Planned Parenthood and others blasted T.I. when he told the “Ladies Like Us” podcast that he takes “yearly trips to the gynecologist” with his now 18-year-old daughter.

T.I. says he went to the gynecologist with his daughter when she was 15 and 16, not 18. He adds that his daughter's mom was present at the appointments.

Carroll memorial

Diahann Carroll was remembered as a brilliant talent, a loving friend and mother and a trailblazer by the likes of Cicely Tyson, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Lenny Kravitz and more at a poignant memorial service.

Celebrities including Samuel Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa Williams and Judith Jamison came out on a rainy Sunday to pay tribute to the entertainer, who died Oct. 4 from breast cancer. The Helen Hayes Theater in the Broadway district was chosen as the venue because of Carroll's love of the stage.

The Oscar-nominated actress had a career that stretched decades. She was the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in her own TV show with “Julia,” and her many credits include the film “Claudine,” the TV show “Dynasty” and her Broadway turn as Nora Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Impressionist Rich Little is 81. Singer Tina Turner is 80. Actress Jamie Rose is 60. Singer Linda Davis is 57. Actor Scott Adsit is 54. Actress Kristin Bauer is 53. Actor Peter Facinelli is 46. Hip-hop artist DJ Khaled is 44. Actress Jessica Bowman is 39. Singer Natasha Bedingfield is 38. Actress Jessica Camacho is 37. Singer-guitarist Mike Gossin is 35. Drummer Ben Wysocki is 35. Singer Lil Fizz is 34. Singer Aubrey Collins is 32. Singer-actress Rita Ora is 29.

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