Attorneys for Bill Cosby have issued a statement following his arraignment: “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 DA during which this case was made the focal point. 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” (NBC).
In case you missed it, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the iconic comedian was arraigned in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County District Court on sexual assault charges stemming from an incident in 2004. Judge Elizabeth McHugh read the charges against the 78-year-old and soon after set bail at a whopping $1 million. Cosby passed on entering a plea and was forced to hand over his passport before posting bail. He’ll remain free on bail pending trial.
“The Cosby Show” alum is set to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. If convicted on the felony second degree charge of aggravated indecent assault, Cosby faces 5 to 10 years behind bars and a maximum fee of $25K.