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Convicted Sex Offender Bill Cosby Urges Fans to Become 'Men of Valor' in Bizarre Prison Birthday Message

Disgraced comedian, actor and convicted sex offender Bill Cosby celebrated his 82nd birthday behind bars Friday. The former TV icon shared on Twitter his one wish: For men to "man up and become men of valor."

Cosby, convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women dating back to the 1960s.

In the Twitter post, Cosby writes that a "fellow resident" — or rather, inmate, at the same Pennsylvania prison — asked, "Mr. Cosby - is there anything special you would like for your birthday?"

The Cosby Show star said he replied with a Bible verse and a message for men.

"1 Corinthians 13:11 - When I was a child, I spake [sic] as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish thing. To all men... it's time to be Great Fathers, Great American Citizens & Great Husbands. Man Up & Become Men of Valor," Cosby wrote.

Cosby, labeled a sexually violent predator by the court, was sentenced in 2018 to three to 10 years in a maximum-security prison, Pennsylania's State Correctional Institute — Phoenix, located about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Upon release, the former Pudding Pops spokesperson must register as a sex offender.

"I had just given my two-month notice at Temple when the man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me," Constand wrote about the assault and drugging by Cosby in her victim impact statement to the court upon Cosby's conviction. "During the assault, I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn't speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself. After the assault, I wasn't sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes. The shame was overwhelming."

In his deposition during the trial, Cosby detailed his extensive extramarital affairs. He admitted to plying Constand with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) — a common antihistamine intended to treat allergic reactions, but which can also have a sedative effect — for "stress and tension" during the assault.

Twitter users responded to Cosby's post with mixed reactions, with some genuinely confused to some supporting the comedian.

"You're kidding, right? Is this the joke?" one person wrote.

"Too bad @BillCosby didn't take his own advice about being a man of valour," another person wrote.

"Happy Birthday to the comedian that chose not to follow the course of least resistance," tweeted another user.

Others defended the underlying sentiment of Cosby's message.

"Despite the allegations, bruh was still a staple in the black community and remains to still bring knowledge to our youth," tweeted one such user.

Cosby's account has regularly tweeted messages from the convicted felon while he has been in prison. As the inmate has not had free access to social media, it was currently unknown who has been posting the tweets on Cosby's behalf.

On Father's Day, he tweeted, "Hey, Hey, Hey...It's America's Dad...I know it's late, but to all of the Dads... It's an honor to be called a Father, so let's make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose —strengthening our families and communities."

Cosby has called his trial unfair and has appealed his conviction.

Convicted Sex Offender Bill Cosby Urges Fans to Become 'Men of Valor' in Bizarre Prison Birthday Message
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. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images
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