As with many high-profile cases, in didn’t take long for social media users to react to Wednesday's arraignment of comedian Bill Cosby. By Wednesday night, “Bill Cosby” was trending with 276,000 tweets, and a slew of Hollywood heavyweights sounded off on the issue.
Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s “Girls,” tweeted, “Grateful that Bill Cosby’s criminal record will be marked forever, like the lives of the women he raped. They deserve justice and peace.” and, “If I believed in hell Bill Cosby would be going there.” Film director Judd Apatow also took to Twitter, writing, “Bill Cosby has spent his life attempting to silence the women he has assaulted with threats, lawsuits and money.” He added, “Hopefully now many of these women will get to tell their stories in a court of law and the people who supported him will get deposed.”
Mia Farrow, an actress, activist and former fashion model, tweeted, “What’s this about Bill Cosby and Woody Allen?” as well as fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, who wrote, “Coincidence #BillCosby arraigned the day before NYEVE - tomorrow media will cover parties and a day later it’ll be last year’s news – PR.” Comedian Michael Ian Black also weighed in, tweeting, “Impossible to feel anything but sad at the downfall of Bill Cosby due to his own awfulness.”
If I believed in hell Bill Cosby would be going there.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) December 30, 2015
Cosby was arraigned Wednesday in Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania, on charges of aggravated indecent assault, which is punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, ABC News reported. He did not enter a plea, and the judge set his bail at $1 million and ordered him to surrender his passport.
Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting and drugging a woman in 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia home. His image as a squeaky-clean father figure has been tarnished after at least 50 women have come forward accusing him of assaulting them over four decades.
Cosby’s attorneys have called the case against the comedian “unjustified” and said they would fight it, CNN reported. His next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.