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Steele said the statute of limitations for the charges is 12 years, which caused the District Attorney's office to reopen the investigation in July.

As the chaos for Cosby continues, his attorneys have come forth and released a statement on the "unjustified" criminal case against their client.

"Mr Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault".

Looking frail in a gray sweater and carrying a cane, he walked arm and arm with attorneys into a courthouse there Wednesday and appeared to have difficulty seeing as he was guided to a courtroom seat. He had no comment as he was released on $1 million bail. He did not have to enter a plea, and his next court hearing is January 14. Asked whether he understood the proceedings, Cosby responded, "yes", in a booming voice with a smile on his face.

Cosby's arraignment will be later today in Elkins Park.

The charges stem from a more-than-decade-old encounter in which a former Temple University employee claims she was urged to take pills and drink wine at Cosby's home, and that doing so left her unable to fend off his sexual advances. One exception: a 2008 case involving a model at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Constand was the first person to publicly allege sexual assault by Cosby. He and his lawyers, while acknowledging marital infidelity on Cosby's part, have consistently denied allegations of sexual misconduct.

Cosby's lawyer declined to comment on the case before the announcement.

Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand's related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.

The charges came down just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.

After the criminal case went nowhere, Constand settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.

Prosecutors re-examined the original investigation in light of the new documents, reinterviewed some witnesses and chose to pursue the criminal charge.

Woldeguiorguis said she did wonder if criminal charges would ever be levied against the celebrated star of "The Cosby Show".

Constand considered Cosby a friend and mentor, but on two occasions rejected advances by Cosby, he said. Steele noted that Cosby has admitted giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

At that point, "reopening this case was not a question".

"There's inconsistencies on [what pills they were]". In court papers, prosecutors said the drugs were the cold medicine Benadryl or some other, unidentified substance.

The 78-year-old comedian said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.

Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting the woman.

Constand, via her lawyers, reacted to the charges on Wednesday afternoon. Cosby has maintained his innocence and filed lawsuits accusing his accusers of defamation.

Gumple's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, who has handled many cases involving sexual abuse, told necn he believes the criminal charge against Cosby will help empower victims in other cases so they do not feel alone or forgotten. It's a reversal of a decision by a previous district attorney, who declined to charge Cosby in 2005.

He is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting the woman in 2004 inside his home near Philadelphia.

In interviews, Buress said his intention was not to "out" Cosby, but to make a joke about Cosby's alleged hypocrisy. Cosby said the women's accusations hurt his reputation so much that plans for a new family comedy on NBC were derailed. Cosby countersued, denying the allegations and saying the women were lying for financial gain. "I am not stopped", Cosby testified.

"I think that I'm a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them", he said in the excerpt, published by The New York Times.

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