Bill Cosby Creeps Into Court On Felony Assault Charges
Bill Cosby walked into a Pennsylvania court while facing his first criminal charges after multiple rape accusations — and then strolled back out! He posted 10 percent of his $1 million bail by handing over $100,000 in cash! The creepy comic flew into Pennsylvania to be arraigned in court on a felony assault charge from a case filed in 2004, when former Temple University employee Andrea Constand told police she had been drugged and raped by the comedian in his home near Philadelphia.
“These charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004 at Mr. Cosby’s home,” Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele said in a press conference. “Mr. Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault." Steele added: “Mr. Cosby made two sexual advances at [Andrea] that were rejected. Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine... He committed aggravated indecent assault against her.” Steele had ran to be elected for the DA position by pledging to bring Cosby to trial after a starstruck former DA had refused to press charges when Andrea originally made her claim. Andrea later filed a civil suit against Cosby (seen above in his mugshot), where the comic admitted to multiple infidelities during a court deposition.
Cosby also insisted in the deposition that Andrea — who is gay and was dating a woman during that time — had consensual sex with him after he put his hand down her pants. He said that Andrea's silence as she was fondled was consent, although Andrea insists that she was semi-conscious after having been given pills by the TV legend.
Andrea's lawsuit against Cosby was later settled out of court.
The district attorney moved quickly to file charges. The ENQUIRER has revealed how Cosby might have accumulated over 99 female victims over the past 43 years, but the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in nearly every case. Pennsylvania law, however, provides up to 12 years for some sex crimes. Steele had to issue the arrest warrant for Cosby by January. The DA hinted that Cosby might still be benefitting from how the previous DA had ignored Andrea's charges. “This is the charge that we have the ability to go forward [with] under that statute of limitations,” said Steele.