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Bill Cosby owes nearly $3M in legal fees

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Bill Cosby wearing a suit and tie © TRACIE VAN AUKEN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Bill Cosby

Nearly two years into his prison sentence, Bill Cosby is mired in legal bills.

The comic, who's serving three to 10 years behind bars after being found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004, still owes Los Angeles law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan $2.75 million, plus interest , for its work on his first sexual assault trial in 2017, according to Page Six.

New legal documents reviewed by the outlet on Friday, July 10, show that after a judge rejected Cosby's request to reduce the "egregious" bill in September, he has still failed to pay it off, leaving his account $2.98 million in arrears including ten percent interest.

The filing comes after Cosby, who turns 83 on Sunday, was denied access to the early release or referral to home confinement that more than 1,000 inmates in Pennsylvania became eligible for in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton told USA Today, "inmate Cosby is not eligible for a reprieve by the governor" because he's a sex offender, news Cosby's rep Andrew Wyatt called "shocking."

Bill Cosby standing in a room © Jacqueline Larma/AP/Shutterstock Bill Cosby

"Mr. Cosby is 82 years old, and he's blind with underlying medical conditions," Andrew Wyatt said at the time, suggesting his client is especially at risk of contracting the often deadly virus that's been widespread in prisons for months.

He could still be released early, though.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced it would hear "part of" Cosby's appeal of the conviction, according to the New York Times.

Though the court rejected some of the issues Cosby's attorney brought to its attention, it said it would review a trial judge's decision to include testimony from other accusers, known as "prior bad act witnesses," who said they'd also been drugged and assaulted by the comic.

Bill Cosby wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock Bill Cosby

Cosby's original sentence for the 2004 incident also included a $25,000 fine.

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