On Wednesday afternoon, former star of The Cosby Show Bill Cosby was arraigned on an aggravated indecent assault charge at the Montgomery County courthouse in Philadelphia. According to Deadline, Cosby posted $1 million bail, but did not have to enter a plea. The second degree felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. After his arraignment, ABC News reports Cosby's mugshot was taken at the Cheltenham Police Department, where he was also processed. Bustle has reached out to Cosby's lawyer for comment in regards to the charge, but has not yet heard back.
Early Wednesday morning, it was announced that Cosby was being charged in response to the alleged assault of former Temple University employee Amanda Constand, who claims Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Kevin Steele, first assistant district attorney and incoming DA, said regarding the charges, "Upon examination of all of the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of Mr. Cosby's victim."
Cosby's previous lawyer released the following statement in response to the allegations of sexual abuse in November 2014,
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.