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Comedian Bill Cosby arrainged in Penn. court, posts $1 million bail

December 31, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Comedian Bill Cosby arrainged in Penn. court, posts $1 million bail

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Comedian Bill Cosby was formerly arraigned for aggravated indecent assault in connection with a decade-old sexual encounter on Wednesday.

Prosecutors announced charges against the comedian after former Temple University employee Andrea Constand told authorities Cosby drugged and sexually violated her at his Philadelphia home back in 2004.

Cosby appeared in Elkins Park, Pa, where he was arraigned on felony assault charges, before Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth A. McHugh.

The judge set bail at $1 million, which Cosby posted 10 percent of the total in bond in cash and was released.

Cosby said he understood when McHugh asked him if he understood the charges against levied against him.

As part of his bail package, the actor/comedian had to surrender his passport to the prosecutor and is forbidden to contact with the alleged victim.

The process took all but 15 minutes; the comedian didn’t comment as left the courthouse, amid a throng of reporters.

Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele announced the aggravated indecent assault charges against Cosby earlier Wednesday in a press conference.

“Mr. Cosby made two sexual advances at her that were rejected,” Steele said. “Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine… He committed aggravated indecent assault against her.”

She was “frozen, paralyzed, unable to move,” Steele said in announcing the charges.

The actor previously testified under oath during a deposition that the sexual contact with Constand was consensual.

In the statement, Cosby stated he put his hands down Constand’s pants that night and fondled her, taking her silence as a green light. The woman maintains she was semi-conscious after he gave her pills he said would relax her.

Constand’s attorney said his client is gay and dated a woman when she first met Cosby in the early 2000s.

A previous district attorney declined to charge Cosby in 2005.

Steele refused to comment on how the former prosecutor handled the case saying, “I’m not going to look at the past… It’s not a time to Monday morning quarterback.”

The case was reopened this past summer after incriminating testimony in a civil lawsuit against Cosby was unsealed and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations.

The majority of the allegations against Cosby date back decades and are passed the statute of limitations for filing charges.

However, some sex assault crimes under Pennsylvania law provides a 12-year window for prosecutors to file charges.

The statute of limitations, in this case, was set to expire this January.

“This is the charge that we have the ability to go forward [with] under that statute of limitations,” Steele said of the aggravated indecent assault charge.

Steele urged other victims or people with more information about Cosby to come forward and contact police.

“There are other alleged victims, and we are examining evidence in that,” he said. “The charge that we are [announcing] here today involves one victim.”

If found guilty, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison.

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