News broke on Wednesday (Dec. 30), that famed actor/comedian Bill Cosby was arraigned on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The result stemmed from a 2004 case with former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in Elkins Park, Penn.
A day following the court proceedings, the 78-year-old’s attorney, Monique Pressley, is speaking out against the ruling. “If you look at the deposition you will see that there is no admission of criminal wrongdoing with respect to Mr. Cosby,” she said. Pressley later stated her client has been “accused unjustly of a crime,” and “there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of arrangement.”
Cosby’s attorneys also sent a statement to NBC’s TODAY that reads, “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.”
Over fifty women have stepped forward to shed light on their encounters with Cosby, but this is the first criminal case brought against him. If he’s found guilty, he’ll face up to 10 years in jail.
A hearing is set for Jan. 14.