Leaning on a cane and his lawyer Monique Pressley, a sweater-clad Bill Cosby arrived at a Pennsylvania courthouse Wednesday, where he was arraigned on charges of aggravated indecent assault. But Pressley claims it’s all the result of the district attorney’s office playing politics.
In an interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Pressley firmly reiterated that her client is “not guilty”:
“It’s a charge, and any person who’s charged with a crime, the threat of liberty interests being lost is there. But we’re focused on getting to the facts on 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,” she said. “Now, through a game of political football at which my client’s life is the center, we’re back again.”
When asked if Cosby would take a plea deal, Pressley stated that she and her client would not consider “any sort of arrangement.” Guthrie followed up with a question about Andrea Constand’s 2005 civil case, from which these charges stem, and asked, “If you think someone’s lying, why do you settle?” But Pressley said, nah, settling doesn’t necessarily make anyone look guilty, and besides, they can’t talk about that as part of the settlement.
Cosby’s aggravated indecent assault charges—a first-degree felony—are based on an alleged incident at his home in 2004, in which Constand says she was drugged and sexually assaulted. Last summer, Pennsylvania District attorney Attorney Kevin Steele and his office confirmed they were reassessing the case for new information. Elsewhere, Cosby is facing civil suits from Judy Huth and Chloe Goins, as well as defamation lawsuits from other accusers. Earlier this month, Cosby began countersuing his accusers, including Beverly Johnson.
To date, more than 55 women have accused the comedian of sexual assault or rape beginning as early as the 1960s. Many of their claims fall outside of the statute of limitations.
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