EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been amended to reflect recent updates to the story.
Update: 4:00 PM
At about 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Cosby, 78, was escorted into a courtroom in Elkin Park, Pennsylvania by his attorneys.
Cosby pleaded not guilty to a charge of second degree aggravated indecent assault; a conviction for such a charge carries a sentence of 5-10 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.
Bail was set at $1,000,000 and Cosby was required to relinquish his passport and ordered not to have any contact with his accuser, Andrea Constand. The proceeding lasted about 10 minutes; afterward, the comedian was then taken to the Cheltenham Police department for processing.
Lawyers for Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee who accused Cosby of the assault, tweeted a statement:
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) December 30, 2015
Though statutes of limitations prevent most of Cosby’s accusers from seeking justice through the criminal courts, Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations that would apply to Constand’s assault was not set to lapse until January of 2016.
Meanwhile, investigators in Los Angeles are taking a closer look at another incident that could mean more criminal charges against Cosby. Chloe Goins claims
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