UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. EST: Comedian Bill Cosby had his mug shot taken Wednesday afternoon at the nearby Cheltenham Police Department after he was arraigned in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, on charges of aggravated indecent assault. A reporter from the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted the mug shot shortly afterward.
Bill Cosby's mugshot. pic.twitter.com/APxUzrJp1m
— Stephanie Farr (@FarFarrAway) December 30, 2015
Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting and drugging a woman in 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia home.
Bill Cosby did not enter a plea Wednesday when he appeared before a judge in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, after he was charged with sexually assaulting and drugging a woman at his home there in 2004. The comedian was arraigned on charges of aggravated indecent assault, which is punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, ABC News reported.
The comedian's bail has been set at $1 million, and his next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14. The man formerly known as America’s favorite dad also turned over his passport to the court.
'Not guilty' Cosby yells as he enters for arraignment hearing pic.twitter.com/gzBHFRNtKq
— Sam Newhouse (@news_haus) December 30, 2015
This is the first time Cosby has been charged with a criminal offense despite more than 50 women accusing him over the past years of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them. In the courtroom Wednesday afternoon, reporters said Cosby was seated at the defense table by himself.
Bill Cosby in court sitting at defense table , hands folded quietly conferring with one of this attorneys.
— John Rawlins (@JRawlins6abc) December 30, 2015
The judge also ordered Cosby to have no contact with Andrea Constand, the alleged victim on whom the case is based, according to Michael Alan Goldberg, a reporter at the hearing. When the judge repeated that the comedian was not allowed to contact Constand and checked if he understood those conditions, Cosby smiled and said "yes," reporters tweeted.
After the arraignment, Cosby headed to the Cheltenham Police Department where officers took his mug shot and fingerprints, according to ABC News.
Cosby smiled and chuckled once, saying "Yes," when judge asked him if he understood his bail conditions.
— MichaelAlanGoldberg (@mg_thereporter) December 30, 2015
In 2005, Constand, a former employee of Temple University, alleged that Cosby invited her to his home in Pennsylvania and made several sexual advances over a period of time. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday morning that prosecutors reopened the case this past summer when damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand’s civil lawsuit against Cosby and many other women came forward with similar accusations about the comedian.
Bill Cosby arrives at court for arraignment pic.twitter.com/CVCZkiQEwh
— Jason Wells (@JasonBretWells) December 30, 2015
When the charges against Cosby were announced earlier Wednesday, Constand's legal team said they were grateful that the comedian was being brought before the court.
“On behalf of our client, Andrea Constand, we wish to express our appreciation to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the county detectives and the Cheltenham Police Department for the consideration and courtesy they have shown Andrea during this difficult time. We have the utmost confidence in Mr. [incoming District Attorney Kevin] Steele, Ms. [Assistant District Attorney Kristen] Feden and their team, who have impressed us with their professionalism. In that this matter is now being pursued in the criminal justice system, we will not comment further," Constand's legal team said in a statement.