Comedian Bill Cosby was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol, marking the only criminal case against a once-beloved performer whose father-figure persona was damaged by dozens of misconduct accusations.
Hours after the charge was filed, Cosby, 78 arrived with two individuals believed to be his lawyers at a courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, at 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT) for a brief hearing before a magisterial district judge.
Cosby posted $1 million bail, turned over his passport and indicated in court that he understood questions that were posed to him. The judge instructed Cosby to present himself to the police station in nearby Cheltenham Township for fingerprinting and booking.
The entire proceeding lasted for several minutes, and Cosby, walking with a cane, emerged from the courthouse to climb back into the black sport utility vehicle that brought him to the hearing and was driven away.