Bill Cosby Attorneys Release Statement On Sexual Assault Charge

Bill Cosby Attorneys Release Statement On Sexual Assault Charge

Wednesday's criminal charges quickly caught the attention of others who have accused the entertainer.

Kaya Thompson, a former extra on "The Cosby Show" who is among his accusers, told CNN she felt "shock and glee combined" when she learned of the charges. It's a reversal of a decision by a previous district attorney, who declined to charge Cosby in 2005. She has said Cosby drugged and fondled her in January 2004.

In interviews, Buress said his intention was not to "out" Cosby, but to make a joke about Cosby's alleged hypocrisy. He denied giving women drugs without their knowledge and said he had used the now-banned sedative "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink"'.

The now-78-year-old Cosby allegedly penetrated the woman with his fingers without her consent as she drifted in and out of consciousness.

Cosby's lawsuit says Johnson joined other women making accusations against him to revive her waning career and to help sell copies of her memoir.

Constand's lawyer has said Constand is gay and was dating a woman around the time she met Cosby in the early 2000s. "I ask for your support of all of the victims involved".

"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".

The former "Cosby Show" star and breaker of racial barriers was charged with aggravated indecent assault, punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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 did not have to enter a plea, and his next court hearing is January 14.

"There is a fatal difference now between Cliff Huxtable and Bill Cosby that can never be overcome", said author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, who wrote a book on Cosby a decade ago. One exception: a 2008 case involving a model at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Filed under: Video Tagged: "America's Dad, Bill Cosby, charged!" He and his lawyers, while acknowledging marital infidelity on Cosby's part, have consistently denied allegations of sexual misconduct. "She's hopeful they'll also bring charges in her case in L.A".

"The charge by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office came as no surprise", the statement to Us read.

"Working with Chief Norris and the Cheltenham Township Police, Montgomery County Detectives and prosecutors from our office, our team reviewed the initial investigation, re-interviewed some of the witnesses, examined evidence from the civil case and information from other alleged victims", Steele said. Prosecutors declined to file charges at that time, citing insufficient evidence.

Constand settled the civil case against Cosby in 2006.

Steele says that after seeing the deposition material "reopening this case was not a question, rather it was our duty".

"A prosecutor's job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light", Steele said.

In his deposition, Cosby said he gave Constand three half-pills of Benadryl for stress without telling her what they were.

The case falls within the state of Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations, which First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele discussed in the press conference on Wednesday. Most of his accusers allege that he gave them pills or drinks that made them dizzy or knocked them out, and that he subsequently removed their clothes and raped or groped them.

Woldeguiorguis said sexual violence is widely believed to be one of the nation's most under-reported crimes, and that very few perpetrators end up being prosecuted, let alone convicted.

Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting the woman.

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