For the first time since women began accusing him of rape, comedian Bill Cosby is facing a criminal charge of assault. He was released Wednesday after posting $1 million bond.
More than 50 woman have come forward over the years, but Wednesday’s charge is related to one single case in which Andrea Constand is the alleged victim.
“These charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004 at Mr. Cosby’s home,” said Montgomery County prosecutor Kevin Steele.
“For many of my 29 clients who alleged that they are victims of Bill Cosby, seeing him criminally charged and having to face a trial, is the best Christmas present that they have ever received,” said attorney Gloria Allred.
Many claim Cosby drugged and raped them, including a South Florida woman. News Channel 8 spoke with Therese Serignese a year ago in Boca Raton. She said Cosby offered her drugs at an after party 30 years ago, when she was just 19-years old.
“I took them. Didn’t know what they were, didn’t even ask. Just was intimidated I guess and I took them. Then my next memory is feeling drugged and him having sex with me,” said Serignese.
Serignese told no one of that night except her mother, but continued to see Cosby who gave her money over the years. It wasn’t until 2005 she went public after hearing similar stories.
“How dare him doing this, still doing this like 30 years later,” she said.
Serignese became a witness in one of the civil cases filed against Cosby, but it was settled out of court.
Back then, all she wanted was an apology. “I want you to apologize for taking advantage of me,” she said.
Calls and emails to attorneys for Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand have not been returned. But statements released to news media outlets. Cosby’s attorney’s call the criminal case unjustified and vow to fight it.
Constand expressed appreciation through her attorney’s to authorities for charging Cosby.