Even Cosby supporters say it’s about time he faces legal charges

Bill Cosby was arraigned in a Pennsylvania courtroom on sexual assault charges

FILE - In this combination of file photos, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during an interview in Washington on Nov. 6, 2014, and Andrea Constand poses for a photo in Toronto on Aug. 1, 1987. Cosby was charged Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, with drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home in January 2004. They are the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Ron Bull/The Toronto Star/The Canadian Press via AP, right) MANDATORY CREDIT; TORONTO OUT; NO SALES; NO MAGAZINES

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.

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