Bill Cosby was charged yesterday with aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident that allegedly took place in Pennsylvania more than a decade ago between the comedian and his accuser Andrea Constand.
After a press conference to announce the charges, Cosby, 78, appeared in court in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, followed by a processing at the Cheltenham Police Department. He was released on $1 million bail. Cosby will next appear in court on Jan. 14.
This morning, Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley is speaking out about the case and her client.
“I expect now that all of those things will get ferreted out in a court of law and I have faith in the justice system,” she told “Good Morning America,” adding that the original case from 2005 between Cosby and Constand was eventually settled out of court. The DA for Montgomery County at the time chose not to press criminal charges.
Pressley said the decision not to charge Cosby back in 2005 was the very reason that “led my client into a civil process where he testified because he believed that there was no thought whatsoever, no possibility, of him being charged criminally.”
In 2005, Constand claimed that Cosby invited her to his home and that on one occasion in 2004 he gave her pills and wine, which made her unresponsive. At that point, Cosby allegedly sexually assaulted Constand.
The comedian’s reps also touched on the 2005 deposition that surfaced this past summer after U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno unsealed the document. Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex, according to the paperwork.
Pressley couldn’t give specifics about Cosby’s defense strategy or discuss the deposition. She did say that “your network, and every other network in America right now, has that deposition so you know that those two things don’t go together and that he was very specific about what he said about this particular case and that he did admit to having available to him, 40 years earlier, the drug Quaaludes, which was at the time a legal drug, and that he offered to two women who took it consensually, did not sneak and give it to them, did not hide it and use it intentionally in order to incapacitate them. So the two issues have nothing to do with each other and our defense where this case is concerned will be clear.”
Cosby has always maintained his innocence since being accused by Constand and dozens of other women of sexual assault.
Pressley responded to comments that the comedian looked frail when he showed up for his arraignment.
“I don’t really understand it. He’s a tall man of sufficient girth. He’s 78 years old, and blind, so he does use a cane so that he can know what’s coming in front of him and he does require assistance because of that and that is who the DA’s office has chosen to charge in this case,” she said.
She continued: “That’s his status now, 12 years later, but he is in good spirits and he has confidence in his legal team’s ability to bring about justice for him in this case.”
If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine. – AP