ONCE hailed “America’s dad of TV”, disgraced Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction was overturned June 30 2021.
Cosby has served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia – we reveal all you need to know about his children and how the family have been plagued by tragedy.
Who are Bill Cosby’s children?
The disgraced entertainer has five children – Erika, Erinn, Ennis, Ensa and Evin.
They are all with his wife of 56 years, Camille Cosby.
Erika Cosby, 55, is a painter and former professor of Art at New York University.
Her artwork has featured in many galleries including SALTWORKS Contemporary Art, the Arlington Arts Center, Slate Gallery and Artspace in New Haven.
Erinn, 54, is also artistic and is known for her photography, while 44-year-old Evin works in fashion and owns a boutique store called PB & Caviar after studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.
Evin, the youngest sibling, wrote an open letter defending her father in 2017.
Sadly, Ennis passed away in 1997 and and Ensa died in 2018.
Why is Bill Cosby in prison?
Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018.
However, Pennsylvanias highest court overturned Cosby’s sex assault conviction after finding an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case.
While only one charge was ever brought to trial because of statute of limitation laws, around 60 women over five decades have publicly accused Cosby of being a sexual predator.
A mugshot taken on September 4 shows a disheveled Cosby smiling at the SCI Phoenix state prison in Pennsylvania where he has been locked up since 2018.
Prison representatives told TMZ that Cosby was due a new picture and that they are updated periodically to keep up with their latest appearance.
How did Ennis and Ensa die?
Cosby’s only son Ennis was murdered in an attempted robbery in LA in 1997.
The 27-year-old was trying to change a tyre on the freeway ramp when he was shot dead.
After his murder, both President Bill Clinton and vice-president Al Gore called Cosby to offer their condolences and California state officials and tabloid magazines offered hundreds of thousands of dollars as a reward for capturing the gunman.
More than 800 tipsters called police and the murderer was caught two months after Ennis’ death.
Ensa, 44, passed away on February 23, 2018, from renal failure while waiting for a kidney transplant.
Both Ennis and Ensa are buried in a plot of land known as “Ennis’ Garden” on the Cosby estate in Massachusetts.
What have Cosby’s children said about him?
In April 2017, Evin defended her dad saying he was “not abusive, violent or a rapist”.
In a lengthy open letter, Evin hit out at what she calls “the public persecution” of her father and “the cruelty of the media”.
Ensa had also fiercely supported her dad when he first faced trial, saying: “The accusations against my father have been one sided since the beginning, and when he tried to defend himself he was sued in civil court.
“I’ve seen the accusations become more horrific and extreme with time and I have witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary work be dismissed without any proof.”
Cosby had a troubled relationship with Erinn, who had struggled with drug abuse and once claimed Mike Tyson had tried to sexually assault her.
She later reconciled with Cosby after Ennis was killed.
Who is Camille Cosby?
Camille Cosby married US actor Bill Crosby in 1964, has five children with him and acted as his manager during his career.
She has defended her husband against the allegations that he sexually assaulted numerous women over his career.
In 2014, Camille released a statement saying that her husband had been the victim of accusations.
She said: “The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work.
He is a kind man and a wonderful husband, father and friend.”
In the 2016 deposition, Cosby declined to answer questions, invoking spousal privilege, when asked whether Bill had been faithful to her.
Camille only attended the retrial of her husband on April 24 as closing arguments were made.
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