Bill Cosby Arrested For Aggravated Indecent Assault – Freed On $1M Bail

Bill Cosby has been charged with felony sexual assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in 2004.

Out of the multitude of allegations brought against the actor and comedian, this is the first time criminal charges have been brought against him.

Via TMZ:

The charges stem from Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, who claims in 2004 Cosby drugged and assaulted her while she was working as the operations manager for the women’s basketball team.

Montgomery County authorities investigated her claims, but eventually rejected the case … citing a lack of evidence.

Constand sued Cosby in 2005 and settled the case a year later.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopened the investigation this summer after more than 50 women came forward with similar accusations. The D.A. said the charges were based on new evidence.

The D.A. says Cosby gave Constand pills and wine that rendered her unable to consent to sexual contact with Cosby … something the D.A. says she rejected twice in the past.

Under Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations for felony sex crimes, Ferman’s office had until January to file a case based on Constand’s claims.

If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison.

*UPDATED*

Via The Associated Press:

Cosby had no comment on his way in and out of court – and neither did his attorneys – as he was arraigned on a charge of aggravated indecent assault, punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine. He did not have to enter a plea and was freed on $1 million bail for another hearing Jan. 14.

Guided by his lawyers, he walked slowly and unsteadily into the courtroom, using a cane and wearing a gray tweed hoodie sweater. He seemed to have trouble seeing the paperwork and finding the place to sign, and his lawyers helped him hold the pen. But he seemed at ease, laughing and chatting with his attorneys.

When the judge said, “Good luck, Mr. Cosby,” he shouted: “Thank you!”

The decision to prosecute him came down just days before Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.

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