Bill Cosby arraigned on sex assault charge
Bill Cosby Remains Free After Paying $1 Million Bail in Sexual Assault Case . . .
Bill Cosby remains free after paying bail set at $1 million in an Elkins, Penn., courtroom on Wednesday, where he answered to the only criminal charges brought against him in the wave of allegations from more than 50 women that he committed sex crimes against them over the past four decades.
The Cosby Show star, 78, who has always maintained his innocence, entered no plea to a charge of aggravated indecent assault during his arraignment in a courtroom outside Philadelphia. The felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He made no statement to the many reporters who gathered to see him enter the courtroom wearing a bulky sweater and carrying a cane.
Photo: Bill Cosby appears in court. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)
Cosby surrendered his passport and was fingerprinted and photographed before his release. His preliminary hearing is set for January 14.
Photo: Cosby’s mugshot (Cheltenham Township Police Department)
The charge stems from Andrea Constand’s claims that Cosby assaulted her during a dinner at his home, where he had promised to give her career advice on the night of Jan. 4, 2004. The civil suit alleged that Cosby gave her “herbal pills,” before he “touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her.” She also claimed that she had a blurry memory of what had happened the next morning when she woke up still at his home with crumpled clothes.
Though Constand reported the incident in 2005, the district attorney declined to file charges and the civil lawsuit was settled in 2006. However, new light was shed on the case over the summer when a deposition in that lawsuit was unsealed. In it, Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to women for sex, although he continued to claim he was innocent.
A new district attorney reopened the Constad case last year, and the comedian is being charged days before reaching the statute of limitations. That date has already been reached in most of the cases in which Cosby has been accused.
Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents several of the women, said that they’ll support Constad. “Many of my clients will be willing to testify and we look forward to a just result,” she said in a news conference.
President Muhammadu Buhari hosted his first Media Chat on NTA
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hosted his first presidential media chat by 8:00 pm local time at the presidential villa in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Wednesday night.
The president answered questions from a panel of journalists on a number of national issues.
The presidential media chat was aired by Nigeria’s national TV the NTA and syndicated to other TV networks in Nigeria.
Watch the Presidential Media Chat below . . .
President Buhari gives reasons for not releasing Dasuki & Kanu
Criminal Charges: Dasukigate & Pro-Biafra questions & answers
President Muhammadu Buhari has given reasons why the federal government refused to release a former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), and the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, despite several court directives to the contrary.
Speaking during his first presidential media chat at the presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday night the president said, inter alia:
“If you see the atrocities these people committed against this country, we can’t allow them to jump bail.
(On the ex-NSA, Dasuki) They would just say to Central Bank give so and so, 40 billion Naira just like that; 40 billion.
Travel to London to see his doctor, what of the over two million people displaced, most of them orphans whose fathers have been killed, what type of government do you want to run? We cannot allow that.
(On the IPOB leader, Kanu) Despite having two international passports, one for Britain and the other for Nigeria, Nnamdi Kanu did not use any of them to come into the country.
He smuggled in equipment with which he came in to preach hate messages”
– Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President of Nigeria