Bill Cosby departs court after arraignment

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Following a brief arraignment, comedian Bill Cosby departs a courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania charged with “aggravated sexual assault,” marking the first criminal case against him after dozens of misconduct allegations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Bill Cosby departs court after arraignment

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

Comedian Bill Cosby departed a courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania on Wednesday (December 30) after his arraignment on the charge of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol.

The charge marks the first criminal case against a once-beloved performer whose father-figure persona was already left tattered by dozens of misconduct allegations.

An arrest warrant was issued for Cosby, 78, as the charge was filed in Pennsylvania just before the statute of limitations deadline for a criminal prosecution was to expire in January. The charge stems from allegations brought by a woman who settled a civil case against Cosby for an undisclosed sum in 2006.

The accuser in the case, Andrea Constand, a former basketball team manager at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater, is one of more than 50 women who have publicly accused the star of sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.

Neither the entertainer nor his representatives could be reached immediately for comment. He and his lawyers, while acknowledging marital infidelity on Cosby’s part, have consistently denied allegations of sexual misconduct.

Cosby, who personified the model American family man in his long-running hit television show, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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