*Bill Cosby, charged this morning with second-degree aggravated indecent assault, arrived to be arraigned in front of a magistrate in Elkins Park, Pa., at around 2:35 p.m.
He was booked, fingerprinted and a mug shot was taken before he left the building, all within 10 minutes. Bail was set at $1 million. He’s due back in court on Jan. 14.
Wearing one of his trademark sweaters, he was helped into and out of the courthouse by two men on either side. His lawyers have said in recent filings that he has severe eye problems and is nearly blind.
In announcing the aggravated indecent assault charge Wednesday, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele defined the act as “penetration” without the consent of his victim, former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
It marks the first time charges have been officially brought against the comedian, who has been accused by upwards of 60 women. If convicted, Cosby could get five to 10 years in prison, and up to a $25,000 fine.
“Pills were provided. Wine was provided. The victim was frozen, paralyzed. A person in that condition is not able to give consent,” Steele said.
“The evidence is strong and sufficient enough to proceed with the charges,” Steele added. The decision by his boss, newly elected District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, reverses a decision by her predecessor who had ruled that there was not enough evidence to warrant an arrest.
Constand expressed gratitude via her legal team for the “consideration, courtesy and professionalism” of Steele’s team. Then she said she would not comment further.