Bill Cosby Arraigned on Sexual Assault Charge, Comedian's Lawyers Vow 'Vigorous Defense'

Bill Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvania court Wednesday, where he was arraigned on aggravated sexual assault.

The Cosby Show actor was given $1 million bail,  10 percent of which he paid to secure his release, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said in a release.

Cosby also handed over his passport and promised to have no contact with the victim, former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

The charges against the comedian stem from a Jan. 2004 incident at Cosby’s house in Cheltenham, Pa., in which Constand alleges the actor drugged and sexually assaulted her.

Per numerous reports, the 78-year-old Cosby walked with a cane and stumbled as he entered the courthouse around 2:30 pm Wednesday.

Bill Cosby Mugshot Arraigned Sexual AssaultFollowing the arraignment, Cosby was processed at the Cheltenham Township Police Department, where his mugshot was taken.

Though several women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct and violence in the past, Wednesday marked the first time charges had officially been brought against him. If found guilty, he faces as many as 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

“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,” his attorneys said in a statement.

Cosby’s preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, Jan. 14.