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Tekashi 6ix9ine sparked outrage on social media when he whispered "f--- Brittney Griner" after landing in Russia, where he's set to perform in concert.

A YouTube video shows the washed-up rapper dissing Griner while sight-seeing in Russia.

"You know we out here," he said in the video. "Sh** is crazy." He then stepped closer to the camera, raised his sunglasses and whispered "F*ck Brittney Griner."
 

 

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The WNBA star was sentenced to 9 years in a women's prison for smuggling drugs into Russia earlier this year.

Tekashi69 flew to Russia despite a travel advisory from the U.S. State Department warning Americans to stay out of the communist country.

Tekashi69 saw his rap career fade into obscurity following his 2018 arrest on federal RICO and weapons charges.

He accepted a plea deal in exchange for testifying against his fellow gang members, the Nine Trey Gangsters.

Tekashi is blackballed in the music industry and lives in constant fear for his life. He is forced to travel out of the country to earn money to feed his family.

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Dennis Rodman says he won't travel to Russia to help free WNBA star Brittney Griner from prison.

The former Chicago Bulls star changed his mind after the White House said he did not have permission to go.

On Saturday, Rodman told NBC News he was making the trip to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Rodman, 61, backtracked on Tuesday, saying he will not travel to the Communist country after all.

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Griner, 31, was convicted of smuggling cannabis oil into Russia and sentenced to 9 years in prison on August 4.
 
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The White House frowned on Rodman's plans to travel to Russia, despite his claims that he had permission to go to Russia "to help that girl."

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U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told ABC News on Monday that Rodman "would not be traveling on behalf of the U.S. government."

The US offered to swap a Russian arms dealer for Griner and another American prisoner.

"We believe that anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder those release efforts," Price said.

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Rodman has a history of acting as an informal ambassador to the United States and interfering in foreign affairs.

The NBA Hall of Famer is credited with helping to secure the release of American prisoner Kenneth Bae from North Korea in 2014. Rodman is pictured with Kim Jong-un (right) in North Korea in 2014.

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The Biden administration disapproves of Dennis Rodman's travel plans to Russia to negotiate for Brittney Griner's release from prison.

Over the weekend, Rodman, 61, told NBC News that he plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask for Griner's release.

"I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl," Rodman told NBC News in Washington DC on Saturday. "I'm trying to go this week."

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Griner, 31, was recently sentenced to serve 9 years in prison for smuggling cannabis oil into Russia in mid-February. She began serving her sentence on August 4.
 
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It isn't clear who granted Rodman's approval to travel to Russia. The US State Department issued a travel advisory warning Americans not to travel to Russia.

A senior official with the Biden administration made it clear the White House did not approve of Rodman's travel plans.

"It is public information that the administration has made a significant offer to the Russians and anything other than negotiating further through the established channel is likely to complicate and hinder release efforts," the official said.

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According to Yahoo! Sports, Rodman is very familiar with Putin.

The former NBA star traveled to Russia in 2014 at President Vladimir Putin's invitation. He later called Putin "cool."

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Griner is pictured leaving a Russian court after her sentencing on August 4.

The US State Department offered to swap a Russian arms dealer for Griner and ex-Marine Paul Whelan who has been incarcerated in Russia since 2018 on espionage charges.

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Dennis Rodman is flexing his diplomacy skills once again. Rodman is planning to travel to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin to ask for WNBA star Britney Griner's release from prison.

"I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl," Rodman, 61, told NBC News in Washington DC on Saturday. "I'm trying to go this week."
 
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The former NBA star says he knows the Russian president "too well."

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Griner, 31, was recently sentenced to serve 9 years in prison for smuggling cannabis oil into Russia in mid-February.

Attorneys for Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, filed an appeal of her prison sentence.

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Griner is pictured leaving a Russian court after her sentencing on August 4.

According to the New York Post, it isn't clear who gave Rodman permission to travel to Russian.

An approved visa is required to enter Russia. The US State Department issued a travel advisory warning Americans not to travel to Russia, which is at war with Ukraine.

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Rodman is credited with helping to prevent World War III by traveling to North Korea to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left).

Rodman helped secure the release of American prisoner Kenneth Bae from North Korea in 2014.

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R. Kelly's legal team will have the chance Friday to question his goddaughter, the government's star witness at his federal child porn trial in Chicago.

On Thursday, the 37-year-old woman, identified only as Jane, said she had intimate relations with Kelly "hundreds of times" before he recorded the infamous sex tape of them together.
 
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The woman admitted she was the girl performing multiple sex acts on the disgraced R&B singer in the infamous sex tape when she was only 14.

The video has since been scrubbed from the Internet.

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Jane refused to testify in open court in Kelly's child porn trial in 2008 when he was acquitted of all charges.

Jurors who presided over the 2008 trial, said they had no choice but to acquit Kelly because the girl refused to testify.

On the witness stand Thursday, Jane admitted that she lied to a state grand jury in 2002 when she said that it was not her in the video.

She said she lied to protect Kelly.

"I was afraid something bad would happen to Robert," she told jurors. "I was protecting him."

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On Friday, the defense is expected to ask Jane why the jury should believe her now since she lied under oath to the grand jury in 2002.

Kelly, 55, faces multiple counts of child pornography and obstruction of justice charges. His trial began on Monday in Chicago.

He is already serving a 30-year prison sentence in New York on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

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R. Kelly's fiancée Joycelyn Savage caused a buzz on Friday when she released a mini tell-all book claiming she was carrying his baby.

The eBook titled "Love and Joy of Robert" revealed the bombshell that Kelly's former live-in lover was pregnant with his baby.

In her pamphlet, available on Amazon, the 26-year-old author claims she learned she was with child in June, a day after Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for trafficking young women.

"I thought I had contracted Covid-19, but the most amazing news of all was that I was expecting," she wrote.

Kelly, 55, has been incarcerated for three years. Joycelyn didn't explain how she fell pregnant when he was never allowed conjugal visits in jail.

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Joycelyn said she relayed the baby news to Kelly in jail. "Robert is extremely excited about the news that I am having a baby and feel sad that Robert will not be able to be here with us," she wrote.

Joycelyn was 19 when her family first met R. Kelly at an Atlanta Boutique owned by her mother, Jonjelyn Savage.

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A few years later, they attempted to arrange an intervention with her because she had been skipping her college classes, Joycelyn's father, Tim Savage, told 11 Alive in 2019.

Joycelyn eventually dropped out of college and moved into Kelly's leased mansion near Atlanta. She soon cut ties with her heartbroken parents (pictured above).

Meanwhile, Kelly's attorney Jennifer Bonjean told TMZ that Joycelyn is "certainly not pregnant with R. Kelly's child."

Bonjean suggested that Joycelyn may be off her rocker.

She tells TMZ that some "people are just insane."
 

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Convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred to a low-security Club Fed-style prison in Florida.

According to the NY Post, Federal Bureau of Prisons records show that Ghislaine is housed at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida as of Monday morning.

Last month, the 60-year-old British socialite was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking and grooming girls with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The transfer is surprising because the sentencing judge ordered Maxwell to serve her prison time at the harsh Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Danbury, Connecticut, 55 miles north of NY.

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Legal analysts believe former President Donald Trump pulled strings to get his pal transferred to a minimum security prison in sunny Florida to serve her sentence.

Trump resides at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Melania, and son Barron.

Maxwell's new home is a far cry from her former digs at the rat and maggot-infested facility in Brooklyn where she lived for two years.

At FCI Tallahassee, Maxwell can do yoga, workout in a high-tech gym and watch movies.

She will dine with other inmates in a cafeteria where the meals are planned by a licensed nutritionist. And she can also work off calories on a running track outside.

She will get plenty of sun and freedom of movement rather than the solitary confinement she endured in Democrat-controlled New York.

According to the Post, Maxwell will wear a uniform of khaki pants and a matching shirt, or she can wear a dress if she prefers.

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News of the US/Russia prisoner swap that freed former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed was met with mixed reactions on social media.

The U.S. State Department swapped a Russian drug lord for Reed this week.

Reed's return to U.S. soil was met with celebration, but WNBA fans expressed dismay that the Biden administration didn't include Brittney Griner in that exchange.

The WNBA all-star is still languishing in a Russian jail and is now one of two high-profile U.S. citizens detained in Russia.

Brittney's petition on Change.org grew to nearly 80,000 signers calling out the administration and others for not doing more to free the Phoenix Mercury center.

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Griner's petition is one of the fastest-growing petitions on Change.org's site this year.

The 31-year-old was arrested upon her arrival at a Moscow airport in February. Officials say they found vape cartridges containing oil derived from the marijuana plant.

Griner remains in pretrial detention until May 19. She faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

Griner's life partner, Cherelle Griner, expressed joy for Reed's family in a post on Instagram.

"I do not personally know them, but I do the pain of having your loved one detained in a foreign country. That level of pain is constant and can only be remediated by a safe return home. For the Reed family, that day is today."

A Twitter user wrote: "I'm so happy for Trevor Reed and his family! However, we need to do the same for Brittney Griner."

"What about Brittney Griner, tho?" another person tweeted.

"Brittney Griner couldn't get in on the release???" a third person asked.

"Why is it so hard to get Brittany Griner home??? ... The US just let a Russian drug lord go you would've thought the marine and Brittany would've been a good trade for US," another added.

The WNBA season begins on May 6 and Brittney Griner will not be there," writes publicist Alaina Curry. "The Department of State recently made comments that Griner's case is a "top priority" but will this be soon?"

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R. Kelly's lawyer is considering filing an appeal after the disgraced R&B star was found guilty of racketeering and related sex crimes in New York on Monday.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer faces decades behind bars after a jury found him guilty on all nine counts of recruiting women and underage children for sex.

Kelly's attorney tells CNN the defense team is disappointed by the verdict and is considering filing an appeal.

Deveraux Cannick accused federal prosecutors of cherry-picking evidence to suit their case against the singer.

"You didn't get to see what we saw in terms of the discovery," he said.

"You didn't get to see all the inconsistencies. We said in our summation that the government cherry-picked their version that they thought would support the continuation of the narrative."

Kelly, who has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, didn't react when the verdict was read out in court.


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However, his lawyer admitted the singer was shocked when the verdict was read out loud.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented three of six alleged victims, called Kelly the "worst" sexual predator she has ever encountered.

"I have been practicing law for 47 years. During this time I have pursued many sexual predators who have committed crimes against women and children. Of all the predators that I have pursued, however, Mr. Kelly is the worst, for many reasons.

"First, he used the power of his celebrity to recruit vulnerable underage girls for the purpose of sexually abusing them. These were not May-October relationships, which is what his defense attorney wanted the jury to believe; these were crimes against children and some adults.

"Second, to use the power of his business enterprise and many of his inner circle employees to assist him and enable him in his plan and his scheme to lure his victims to him, isolate them, intimidate them, control them, indoctrinate them, punish them, shame them, and humiliate them.

"All of which made Mr. Kelly more powerful and more dangerous than many other sexual predators who operate without a network of financial and businesses to support and enable them."

None of Kelly's former employees have been charged.

Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2022. He is also facing similar charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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Federal authorities are investigating whether a former employee of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) leaked information about incarcerated singer R. Kelly to a blogger.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

According to BOP records, the employee accessed R. Kelly's files on a computer server 153 times in 2019. The employee had no authority to read the records.

Prosecutors asked a judge for permission to subpoena the employee's computer after YouTube vlogger Tasha K reported information only a prison employee would know.

In the affidavit which was unsealed in federal court in Chicago August 18, the employee is identified only as "Officer A."

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Kelly is identified as "Inmate A... a nationally recognized celebrity whose criminal case has received media attention."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, confirmed "Inmate A" is Kelly.

Details contained in the affidavit was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The employee accessed records pertaining to Kelly while he was an inmate at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in 2019. The employee worked at the Thomson Correctional Center from May 2019 until December 2019 when she retired, according to the affidavit.

BOP records shows the officer in question used her BOP password to access Kelly's records between July 15, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 — even though the officer was not assigned to the MCC and was not authorized to access them.

In total, 60 BOP employees accessed Kelly's records from July 15, 2019, through Jan. 8, 2020, according to the affidavit. But the officer in question accessed the records 153 times.

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Tasha K, real name Latasha Kebe, 39, runs a popular Instagram blog and YouTube channel called UnwinewithTashaK. Her last known address is in Atlanta.

Tasha K reported information about Kelly known only to BOP employees, such as inmate calls, visitation logs, emails and funds, the affidavit said.

Tasha K's Instagram and YouTube channel were monitored by a federal agent after she published Kelly's visitation list and revealed a date of Dec. 5, 2019, at 8:07 a.m. in a Jan. 12, 2020 Instagram post.

The agent wrote that BOP records showed the employee accessed Kelly's records at that same time. Other BOP employees accessed the records at other times of the day, the agent wrote.

The employee also sent an email from her official BOP email address to a Gmail address on Nov. 13, 2019, and attached a 12-page document that contained Kelly's visitor records and money logs, according to the affidavit.

Tasha K reported some of the details in that email attachment in a Dec. 22, 2019 YouTube video, the agent wrote.

No charges have been filed against Tasha K.

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According to TMZ, a judge recently tossed Tasha's $3 million lawsuit against rapper Cardi B, in which she claimed the rapper assaulted her after she reported allegations about the star's minor daughter, Kulture.

Kelly faces federal racketeering charges in Brooklyn alleging he recruited women and girls for illegal sex and filmed child pornography.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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Bill Cosby is a free man after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacation his conviction on Wednesday, FOX43 reported.

Cosby is expected to walk out of a Pennsylvania state prison a free man, after the former comedian appealed his convivtion in December.

Cosby 83, was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison in 2018 following his conviction on sexual assault charges.

Cosby's parole petition was denied by the Pennsylvania Parole Board in May after he refused to participate in a therapy program for sexually violent predators.

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Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt told NBC News that his client expected to be turned down.

Wyatt said the news that Cosby's parole was denied was "not a surprise to Mr. Cosby, his family, his friends and/or his legal team."

"Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof," Wyatt said.

"Today, Mr. Cosby continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial."

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A new prison photo of legendary cocaine kingpin Big Meech surfaced online on Friday.

The photo shows Meech, center, wearing a tank top and shorts while surrounded by hard legs on the prison courtyard

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Although he looks buff and healthy in the photo, the Detroit News reported that Big Meech, 52, suffers from various ailments including hypertension and cardiac problems.

The Black Mafia Family leader, real name Demetrius Edward Flenory, and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory began selling cocaine on the streets of Detroit during their high school years in the late 1980s.

The brothers expanded their drug operation and established cocaine distribution rings in numerous U.S. states.

A two-year federal investigation began after Meech and Terry began to feud over Meech's flashy lifestyle. Terry moved to California and establishing his own drug organization.

In November 2007, the brothers pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They were sentenced to 30 years in prison each.

Terry was granted an early release in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Meech was denied early release and is serving out his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

He is scheduled for release on May 5, 2032, around his 64th birthday.
 

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President Donald Trump has 12 days left in office before he departs Washington, DC for good.

It is customary for outgoing presidents to issue pardons for friends, non-violent inmates and VIPs who are convicted but awaiting sentencing.

According to Bloomberg.com, Trump is considering pardoning rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black before he leaves office.

Rapper Lil Yachty and Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson have pleaded with Trump to pardon Kodak Black, 23, who is serving 46 months in prison on firearms charges.

Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to firearm possession in December, is awaiting sentencing later this month. He faces 10+ years in prison if Trump doesn't come through with a presidential pardon.

Wayne was detained at a Miami airport in December 2019, after agents found a loaded gun, cocaine and opioids in a Coach bag on Weezy's private jet.

Wayne shocked his fans by announcing he was endorsing Trump in the November 2020 election. The rapper paid the price for his political affiliation: in addition to losing followers and friends, Weezy lost his girlfriend, Denise Bidot.

Trump will announce his list of pardons on January 2019, after clearing his things out of the White House.

Trump's first round of 26 pardons in December included his friends Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner.

In addition to Kodak and Weezy, Trump may issue a pardon for himself -- just in case he faces charges after he leaves office. A sitting president can't be arrested or charged with a federal offense.

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Incarcerated rapper Kodak Black showed his appreciation and love for his attorney by gifting his "father figure" a brand new truck.

The "Zeze" rap star, real name Bill K. Kapri, is still serving time for federal weapons-related charges, but he won’t face additional time behind bars thanks to his father figure and legal representative, Bradford Cohen.

Kodak decided to treat Cohen to a belated Father's Day surprise, and sent him to his local Chevy dealership to pick up a special delivery - a 2020 Chevy Z71.
 

Kodak made sure the truck was fully paid for in advance, and he shared a snap of Cohen posing next to his new ride on Instagram.

In the accompanying caption, he revealed Cohen proved to be so much more to him than just an attorney, writing:

"Anyone Can Be A Daddy But Everyone Cant Be A Father Calling You My Lawyer Would B Disrespectful. God Put You In My Life & You've Been A Father Figure To Me. Happy Belated Fathers Day and Happy Belated Birthday Pops . I Love You."

Cohen responded to the heartwarming post by vowing to continue "going the extra mile" for Kodak and all of his clients, revealing he would be making a donation in the rapper's name to the criminal justice reform non-profit, The Innocence Project.

News of Kodak's generous gift comes two months after Cohen managed to convince Florida prosecutors to drop charges relating to the same 2019 incident the rapper is already serving a 46-month sentence for - falsifying information on federal forms to purchase three firearms in Miami.

If the deal hadn't been reached, Kodak could have faced an additional 15 years in prison. Instead, the 23-year-old rapper will complete a 500-hour drug treatment course.

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Bill Cosby's wife Camille is looking forward to her husband coming home while getting a chance to appeal his sexual assault conviction.

The disgraced comedian was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison in 2018 after he was found guilty of drugging and raping Temple University staff member Andrea Constand in 2004.

The star has repeatedly tried and failed to have the conviction overturned, arguing he did not receive a fair trial.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review two aspects of the case against Cosby.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine whether a prosecutor told Cosby he will not face criminal charges in Constand's case after she accepted a financial settlement from the actor.

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Camille is feeling optimistic that he will be released home while his case is under appeal.

She told ABC News Prime: "There are possibilities now. Finally, there is a court ... that has said, 'Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for appeal.'"

She added: "I am very, very pleased... but now I'm looking at something that is possible. Possible for vindication. That is the goal."

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The 82-year-old comedian has been incarcerated for almost two years, but producer Camille said she has not visited her husband in prison.

"I do not want to see my husband in that kind of environment, and he doesn't want me to see him in that kind of environment either."

Camille insisted she and her husband communicate every day by phone.

Cosby's representative revealed the actor was "extremely thankful" to the court judges for granting him an opportunity to fight the case, reported Variety magazine.

"As we have all stated, the false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him - it's about the destruction of ALL Black people and people of color in America," the spokesperson added.