Bill Cosby To Fight “Unjustified” Sexual Assault Charge — See Statement
Bill Cosby will fight the “unjustified” sexual assault charge filed against him on Wednesday.
As Gossip Cop reported, Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a felony carrying a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. The prosecution stems from a 2004 incident with Andrea Constand, during which he allegedly drugged and digitally penetrated her in his Pennsylvania home. Cosby was arraigned and booked on Wednesday afternoon (see photo right), and released on $1 million bail.
Though he did not enter a formal plea, Cosby’s attorneys have now released a statement indicating that they will not be cooperating. “The charge by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office came as no surprise, filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county’s D.A. during which this case was made the focal point,” reads the statement.
It continues, “Make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge and we expect that Mr. Cosby will be exonerated by a court of law.” The statue of limitations on the charge Cosby is facing is 12 years. The incoming District Attorney campaigned in part on promising to bring the embattled comedy legend to justice.
But while some may see the charge as a political move, others view it as vindication. As Gossip Cop reported earlier, some of the more than 50 people who have accused Cosby of druggings and/or sexual assaults have praised the decision to file a criminal charge. Cosby’s next court appearance, a preliminary hearing, is slated for January 14. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.