SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – “He was an absolute idol, and someone we all grew up with, and somebody that we loved, and it’s terrible to see your idols fall,” said Domenick Vita of Hawthorne, New York.
Comedian Bill Cosby posted $1 million bail on Wednesday, after being arraigned in a Pennsylvania courtroom. Over the last year, Cosby’s legacy has been tarnished by multiple accusations of sexual assault. Now, he faces a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault.
Vita said, “I think when your idols do bad things, and everyone is capable of doing something bad, that they be taken to task and take responsibility for those things. So it’s about time.”
The District Attorney said the case involves Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, who Cosby invited to his home near Philadelphia in 2004. The DA said Cosby urged her to take pills and drink wine, making her unable to move or reject Cosby’s sexual advances.
Cosby previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand and a former District Attorney declined to charge Cosby in 2005. Northampton Attorney James Winston told 22News, “He admitted to groping this woman. He said that she was silent, and that he took her silence as acceptance for his sexual advances.”
If convicted, the beloved TV father-figure faces up to 10 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender. His attorney called the case against Cosby “unjustified” and said Cosby will be cleared.
50 women have come forward and made similar claims dating back decades. Too much time has passed for criminal charges to be brought in their cases.