Bill Cosby Booked On Sexual Assault Charge In Pennsylvania
(CNS) Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – 1:23 PM
The criminal sexual assault complaint filed in Pennsylvania today against Bill Cosby is “the best Christmas present” ever for many of the women allegedly victimized by the entertainer, Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred said.
“For many of my 29 clients who allege they are victims of Bill Cosby, seeing him criminally charged and having to face a trial is the best Christmas present that they have ever received,” Allred said at a late-morning news conference in her office.
Cosby was carrying a cane as he got out of a black SUV in front of the Elkins Park, Pa., courthouse today for his arraignment. He appeared to stumble as he walked by a throng of reporters and camera crews.
Cosby reportedly posted 10 percent of $1 million bail and left the courthouse.
“The allegations in the Pennsylvania criminal case against Mr. Cosby relate to conduct Mr. Cosby is alleged to have inflicted on Andrea Constand in 2004,” Allred said, and “is within the statute of limitations … for prosecution in Pennsylvania.
“Unfortunately, for most of the women who allege that they are victims of Mr. Cosby, it is too late for their allegations to be the subject of a criminal prosecution or a civil case because of the arbitrary and restrictive time limits set by law,” Allred continued.
She said that while she represents 29 alleged victims of Cosby, she represents only one woman in a civil lawsuit against the entertainer.
Allred’s client, Judy Huth, alleged she was sexually assaulted by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old.
In October, Allred said she grilled Cosby under oath for several hours in connection with the lawsuit, which accuses Cosby of sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Earlier today, Allred noted that the Pennsylvania charge against Cosby — aggravated indecent assault — is a felony and not a misdemeanor.
“I have do have to say Andrea Constand is very brave … I think she’s terrific,” Allred told CNN earlier today.
Constand, a 42-year-old former Temple University employee, claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her in January 2004. More than 40 women have made similar allegations against the 78-year-old entertainer.
Allred said the Pennsylvania district attorney who brought the charges was recently elected, is “very serious” and scrutinized the issues very carefully.
She said that many of the women she represents are willing to testify in the Constand case if their testimony is judged to be both relevant and admissible.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is still weighing whether to file a case against Cosby stemming from an alleged 2008 sexual assault at the Playboy Mansion.
The Los Angeles Police Department submitted information to prosecutors Sept. 30, but the case “remains under review,” according to Jane Robison of the District Attorney’s Office.