Bill Cosby, who used to be a comedian, but isn't laughing anymore, is being subjected to almost-constant name-calling by his fellow inmates, I understand.
Cosby, 81, was jailed for between 3 and 10 years for aggravated indecent sexual assault, but claims he expected to be "treated with respect". Instead, he has had to listen to fellow criminals calling him all kinds of cruel things. One hardened lag said:
"Could I have your autograph, please, Mr Crosby?"
Another told him:
"Good morning, Dr. Huxtable." Dr. Huxtable winced.
Later, when it was time for lock-up, a guard told him:
"Time for bed, Coasby."
This last example, however, may have been due to the guard's awkward drawl, rather than any outright disrespect.
Others around the prison have called him Coby, Cobbett and Corbett.
One particularly vindictive inmate specified:
"Yo, Cosbie - yeah, that's 'Cosbie' with an 'ie' at the end."
Cosby has already spoken to senior staff at the institution about the 'names', and has requested that all prisoners are made fully aware of his name and spelling, in order that he might be accorded the respect he deserves, being a showbusiness personality.