Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault yesterday in relation to a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand. The 78-year-old comic later posted $1 million dollar bail, and he and his legal team have vowed to fight what they view as an unjust case. In a statement released yesterday, Cosby's attorneys suggest that the newly-elected D.A., Kevin Steele, is aiming to gain political favor by going after a Cosby conviction.
"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 D.A. during which this case was made the focal point," reads the statement. "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."
During his campaign, Steele openly criticized the decisions of the previous D.A, Bruce Castor, who chose to reject Constand's case in 2005 due to lack of evidence. Cosby now faces three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, having been charged just days before Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations was set to run out.