Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault on Wednesday in relation to a 2004 accusation, and he appeared in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom to face the charges, which was captured on video.
He was ordered to surrender his passport after posting 10 percent in cash of a $1 million bond, NBC News reported.
Cosby arrived at a court wearing a hooded gray sweater and holding a cane. He stumbled after exiting a vehicle and was held up by two people. He made no comment as he entered the courthouse, but he appeared to shake his head at least once.
He didn’t enter a plea when he was charged.
After the arraignment, Cosby went to the police station in Cheltenham Township, where he was booked and his mugshot was taken according to protocol. He was later seen leaving the station, CNN reported.
The charges on Wednesday are the first against the longtime entertainer and comedian since allegations from a number of different women first arose. For years, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault, which Cosby has denied.
Prosecutors charged him with aggravated indecent assault, First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters during a press conference.
The judge set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 14, saying it was likely the hearing would take place in the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown.
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“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” Steele said, reported the Washington Post.
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Cosby’s attorneys said the charge from the District Attorney’s office “came as no surprise.”
The charge that was “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,” the statement said, reported ABC News.
“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.”
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The DA’s office didn’t name the victim, but the accusations he announced are similar to ones made by Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and fondled her in 2004. The case was slated to reach the statute of limitations next month, and Steele said his office decided to proceed with the second-degree felony charge.
“We examined all the evidence and we made this determination because it was the right thing to do,” he said.
Overall, more than 40 women have accused Cosby of drugging and raping them or touched them in an inappropriate manner in previous decades.
A lawyer for one of the accusers, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, said the development is a “a highly significant chapter in his accusers’ long journey toward justice.”