The legal team defending Bill Cosby from the sexual assault charge filed against him Wednesday vows to defend the comedian until he is vindicated.
“He’s been accused unjustly of a crime,” lead attorney Monique Pressley told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Thursday. “He’s in good spirits and he knows he has a legal team that is intent on defending him until he is exonerated.”
The 78-year-old comedian was charged with felony aggravated indecent assault in connection with a 2004 incident involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Constand claims Cosby made sexual advances toward her on two separate occasions before he allegedly drugged and assaulted her at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania home.
“We’re focused on getting to the facts in this very old case that was once decided, such that the former D.A. said there was no need to go further and that it belonged in the civil courts, and now, through a game of political football at which my client’s life is the center, we are back again,” Pressley said.
“My client is not guilty and there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of arrangement,” she added, when asked if there would be any discussion about a plea agreement.
New court papers revealed disturbing details about the allegations brought by Constand. In a criminal complaint obtained by EW, prosecutors claim Constand met Cosby through her work at his alma mater, and the two developed what she “believed to be a sincere friendship.” The complaint notes that Constand believed Cosby, who is 37 years her senior, to have been her mentor and friend.
More than 50 women have accused the comedian of drugging and/or sexual assault, but Cosby has repeatedly denied all allegations, even filing defamation lawsuits against nine of his accusers two weeks ago. This is the first time he has been charged with a crime.
“When you separate what happens in the court of law from what has been allowed to happen in the court of public opinion, you will get an outcome that justice requires,” Pressley said. “I have confidence in the judicial system and that judges will make the right decisions.”
The embattled star, who turned in his passport, is currently free on a $1 million bail. If convicted of the felony charges, Cosby faces up to 10 years in jail and would have to register as a sex offender.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 14.