Bill Cosby Charged With Aggravated Indecent Assault; Bail Set at $1 Million
Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with aggravated indecent assault, authorities in Pennsylvania announced.
Prosecutors in Montgomery County charged the legendary comedian with a second-degree felony for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. Cosby is charged in the Andrea Constand case, in which Constand accuses him of sexually assaulting her when she was an employee of Temple University.
His bail was set at $1 million, and Cosby posted the required 10 percent of that amount Wednesday.
Cosby did not comment to the media as he arrived at the courthouse for the arraignment, The Washington Post reported:
Cosby, 78, approached the courthouse slowly with a cane. He entered the one-story brick magistrate court building at 2:30 p.m., nearly tripping over the threshold. His first words uttered in the modest courtroom were “Steps.”
He was accompanied by his attorney, Brian McMonagle, a well-known Philadelphia area criminal defense lawyer, and Monique Pressley, a Washington lawyer who serves as a Cosby spokeswoman.
Inside the tiny courthouse, Cosby said little as he surrendered his bent and wrinkled passport. When Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth McHugh asked Cosby if he understood that, as a condition of bail, he was to have no contact with the alleged victim, he gave the judge a big smile and said, “yes.”
The comedian was also instructed not to Tweet or have any relatives comment on the alleged victim.
A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 14.
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