When Bill Cosby was finally held accountable for at least one of his many (alleged) sex crimes, it was tempting to breathe a sigh of relief.
Yes, more than 60 women accused Cosby of sexual assault, and yes, he was only put on trial for one of those alleged attacks.
But at least a powerful predator was convicted and sent to prison, and surely that must be a sign that no one -- regardless of their level wealth and fame -- is above the law in America. Right?
Well, unfortunately, even in the case of disgraced monsters like Cosby, money and clout can fix just about every problem that will arise in life.
Cosby's vast fortune proved insufficient to keep him out of prison -- but it seems it's making life as an inmate much more comfortable than it should be.
“In jail, Mr. Cosby is No. 1,” Phil DiPietro -- an ex-con who served his time alongside Cosby -- recently told Radar in an interview.
“You wouldn’t believe the luxuries afforded to him. He has more privacy and help than if he was back living at his estate," DiPietro added.
DiPietro goes on to explain that in prison, food often serves as a form of currency.
And apparently, the former Jell-O pitchman's prodigious appetite equates to more calories for his fellow prisoners, which has made him quite a popular figure on his cellblock.
“Each inmate, regardless of their placement or unit, receives the same amount of food,” said DiPietro.
“But being in the same unit as Cosby, we had the privilege of ordering twice as much commissary per week because Cosby doesn’t eat most of the prison food — and he buys everyone on the block something on each order!”
DiPietro says that prison authorities did their best to brace the inmates for Cosby's arrival.
“The prison gave us a lecture, informing us that ‘due to the presence of America’s most high-profile inmate,’ we would be granted extra yard time, first dibs on meals, and they even created a system that allowed us to file complaints — without having to wait for the typical three-week period,” he told Radar.
Despite the added perks, DiPietro says he was resentful of Cosby's affect on life behind prison walls.
“The guards should be more focused on the rehabilitation of inmates,” he told Radar.
“Instead, it seems all they are interested in is befriending a sicko like Cosby!”
Cosby is serving a sentence of three to ten years for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
He will be eligible for parole in 2021.