Fight to keep Bill Cosby from Jail: Comedian embraces lawyer after sexual assault charges

Accused sex attacker Bill Cosby flew out of Philadelphia Wednesday night on his $3million private plane – after a lingering hug with the high-profile attorney who has vowed to exonerate him.

The disgraced comedian, 78, shrugged off his court appearance by joining friends and family for a meal Wednesday afternoon at his sprawling mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

His attorney, Monique Pressley – a former DA and TV legal analyst – addressed reporters outside the seven-bedroom property, vowing to clear her rich client’s name and saying he was ‘doing as well as expected’.

‘We expect him to be fully exonerated and we are actually glad that we have an opportunity to have these matters ferreted out in court,’ she said.

‘Certainly, it is a disappointing day. It’s sad for his legal team and his family that he would be dragged through this, that this would be a political maneuver, that this would be the fulfillment of the campaign promise, as opposed to something that is necessary.’

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at that same mansion in January 2004. The case against him emerged just days before Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitation deadline for pressing charges was about to run out and despite a previous DA declining to charge Cosby a decade ago.

‘We are 12 years in – 12 years after an alleged assault that was fully investigated. A former district attorney says “there wasn’t enough there – It was a civil matter,”‘ added Pressley.

‘He is 78 years old and he is being charged as a 78-year-old blind man 12 years after an alleged incident – those are the facts.

‘But he is strong, he is of good spirits and we’re going to do everything we can, as his legal team, to make sure that there is a successful end for him.’

Moments after Pressley spoke, Cosby and his entourage swept out the driveway and headed to Northeast Philadelphia Airport where the comic had flown into earlier Wednesday. His black SUV was ushered through a security gate and then parked beside the runway while airport staff readied Cosby’s Pilatus-PC12 turboprop – which has the name ‘Billy’ etched on the tail.

The frail funnyman stopped briefly to share a goodbye hug with Pressley, a mother of two and graduate of the Howard University School of Law, before crossing the tarmac and climbing aboard the 12-seater plane.

Aides handed him his jacket and cane before the cabin door was slammed shut and the two pilots started the engine.

The flight took off moments later, likely headed towards Massachusetts where Cosby has a massive estate in the remote town of Shelburne Falls.

Cosby had earlier arrived at his home to his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion smiling an hour after being arraigned on charges of sexual assault and released on $1million bail.

Cosby warmly greeted a middle-aged woman who held the back door open as he shuffled inside, using his cane to support him.

The same woman was seen earlier Wednesday busily preparing a meal in the 7,800 square foot property’s large kitchen.

Police officers were stationed at both entrances to the house, reminding reporters it was private property and warning them not to go closer.

Several cars came and went throughout the day but their occupants refused to comment.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at that same mansion in Elkins Park in January 2004.

The 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand, the former director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team.

The actor was also forced to hand over his passport but did not enter a plea on Wednesday afternoon, appearing in court for just five minutes. A preliminary hearing has been set for January 14.

He was also advised by Judge Elizabeth McHugh to avoid any contact with Constand.

From there he headed over to the Cheltenham Township Police Department where he was fingerprinted and had his mugshot taken by authorities.

A crowd gathered outside the station screamed at the actor ‘you’re a monster’ as he went inside.

Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele announced the charge against Cosby at a press conference Wednesday morning, saying: ‘The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed at this point.’

Bill Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley said on Wednesday that the charges came as no surprise and that the a sexual assault charge is unjustified. She added that she fully expects that the actor will be exonerated of this charge.

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