Bill Cosby leaned on a cane as he exited a Pennsylvania courthouse after he was arraigned on felony rape and indecency charges. The frail comedian was flanked by a man and a woman.
Cosby, who wore a gray sweater and carried a briefcase, entered the Elkins Park, PA. courthouse and posted 10% of his $1 million bail in Cash.
He nearly tripped on the sidewalk as dozens of photographers snapped photos and shouted his name.
The 78-year-old married father of 5 was charged with sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004.
After the arraignment, attorney Gloria Allred announced her intention to file civil lawsuits against Cosby for 29 of 50 women who claim they were raped by Cosby.
“In Pennsylvania, there is now a journey to justice for Mr. Bill Cosby,” said Allred during a press conference at her California office. “I will now be carefully monitoring the progress of his criminal case.”
Allred offered to provide her clients to testify in Cosby’s criminal case. She said Cosby retained “700 attorneys” to defend him against accusations leveled by one of her clients.
Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele attempted to justify the arrest warrant at a press conference on Wednesday.
“A prosecutor’s job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light,” Steele said. “Upon examination of all the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim.”
Steele said Cosby “made two sexual advances at [Constand] that were rejected.” He added, “Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills and to drink wine, the effect of which left her unable to” reject his advances.
Constand, 42, works as a massage therapist in Canada.