And now for the first time since the encounter, he has spoken out and is breaking his social media silence with a short message for his fans.
Friends and fans, Thank You.— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) January 1, 2016
Reactions to the tweet have been mixed and include outrage and disgust, as well as messages of support.
@BillCosby Wow. What about all of us ex-fans with an ounce of common sense and respect for women?— Steve Spooner (@stevespooner73) January 1, 2016
@BillCosby Make a New Year's resolution, Bill: stop denying your horrendous crimes against women.— STEVEN MOORE (@stemoo95) January 1, 2016
@BillCosby Seriously? You & your wife need to be locked up.— Mary Kastelic (@MaryKastelic) January 1, 2016
But it's evident Cosby still has people in his corner.
@BillCosby Innocent until proven guilty— Laura Bilger (@PotterPine) January 1, 2016
@BillCosby Peace and blessings to you Mr. Cosby... I will always be a devoted fan!— Lynn Stone-El (@Pearl_Ivy_) January 1, 2016
@BillCosby no man is alone who has friends— Timothy Dougherty (@mindtraps) January 1, 2016
After Cosby's arraignment, his attorneys issued a statement, claiming the charge was "no surprise."
According to E! News, it read, "The charge by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office came as no surprise, filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county's DA during which this case was made the focal point. Make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge and we expect that Mr. Cosby will be exonerated by a court of law."
Cosby has maintained his innocence, although if found guilty of the felony charges of aggravated indecent assault (stemming from this case), he could be facing several years behind bars.
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