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Bill Cosby's Lawyer Speaks Out Following Comedian's Sexual Assault Charge, Says He's 'Not Guilty'

by Desiree Murphy 10:15 AM PST, December 31, 2015
Playing Bill Cosby's Lawyer Speaks Out Following Comedian's Sexual Assault Charge, Says He's 'Not Guilty'

Just one day after Bill Cosby was arraigned on one charge of aggravated indecent assault, his lead attorney, Monique Pressley, is speaking out.

Pressley appeared on the Today show via satellite on Thursday to discuss Cosby's criminal charge -- which is considered a second-degree felony -- as he continues to maintain his innocence.

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"My client is not guilty," she told Savannah Guthrie. "And there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of [plea] arrangement."

Cosby, 78, is currently free after he turned in his passport and paid $100,000 (ten percent, as required) in cash of a $1 million bail. According to court documents, he is accused of drugging and violating former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who claimed that the TV star invited her over to his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, in 2004 to discuss "future plans." As part of his release on bail, Cosby is required to avoid any contact with the victim.

According to authorities, the charges filed on Wednesday are a result of new information that came to light beginning in July 2015, when a federal judge unsealed a 2015 deposition in the case, as ET previously reported. After determining the statute of limitations regarding the potential criminal offense had not yet expired -- which is 12 years -- an investigation was reopened, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office.

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When asked how Cosby is viewing the charges, Pressley said, "I can't testify really about his state of mind, personally, he's been accused unjustly of a crime, so certainly that's upsetting. But he's in good spirits and he knows that he has a legal team that is intent on defending him until he's exonerated."

Cosby is set for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14, and if found guilty of the charge, the comedian could face up to 10 years in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender.

"Well, it's a charge and any person who's charged with a crime, the threat of liberty interests being lost is there," Pressley continued, "but we're focused on getting to the facts in this very old case that was once decided as such that the former D.A. said there was no need to go further and that it belonged in the civil courts and now, through a game of political football, at which my client's life is the center, we're back again."

Hear the full interview below.

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Although more than 50 women have accused him of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them -- with alleged incidents dating as far back as 1969 -- Cosby and his reps have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, even filing defamation lawsuits against some of the accusers.

Cosby's attorneys gave a statement to ET, saying, "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."

Hear more on the arraignment in the video below.

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