Bill Cosby has been arraigned on charges of sexual assaulting a woman in 2004. The veteran actor appeared at a district court outside Philadelphia today for a brief hearing where a judge set his bail at $1million.
Dressed in a grey jumper and carrying a cane, the Cosby Show actor was helped along by the arms. He has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania in January 2004.
The actor was forced to hand over his passport and will be fingerprinted at a nearby police station. His next court hearing is on January 14.
In a press conference earlier today, officials announced their intention to charge the actor with aggravated indecent assault, a felony charge of the first degree.
"The victim came to consider him her mentor and her friend, he made two sexual advances to her that were rejected, on the evening in question he urged her to take pills and drink wine the effect of which left her unable to move or respond to his advances and he committed aggravated indecent assault on her. The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed at this point," Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele said.
Cosby, 78, has denied under oath that anything inappropriate had occurred and their relations had been consensual, but a court filing in the summer revealed that Constand had been in a relationship with a woman at the time of the alleged assault.
The statute of limitations to bring charges against Cosby runs out in January.