NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 8:21 AM
At least one person still supports Bill Cosby.
The shamed comedian is innocent — and also blind — attorney Monique Pressley stated in Thursday interviews, one day after the 78-year-old was charged with aggravated indecent assault for an alleged 2004 attack.
“My client is not guilty, and there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of arrangement,” Pressley said on “Today.”
Pressley, speaking with Savannah Guthrie, blamed the media and court of public opinion for swirling criticism about the fallen funnyman.
Attorney Monique Pressley says her client, comedian Bill Cosby, is innocent.
“The court of law doesn’t run like the media does,” Pressley said. “Any person who has a picture or a story or something they’d like to say, they can say it about the right person, and Bill Cosby is the right person.”
Pressley later discussed her client’s health on “CBS This Morning.” Cosby carried a cane and tripped on a sidewalk when walking to court Wednesday.
“His current health status doesn’t have anything to do with the defense for this unsubstantiated charge,” she said. “His current health status is that he’s a 78-year-old blind man who they’ve chosen to be charged. That’s not a defense of a crime, that’s just a fact.”
Pressley criticized the politicized nature of Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele bringing a charge against Cosby. Steele’s political opponent, Bruce Castor Jr., declined to bring charges against Cosby after Andrea Constand claimed in 2005 that Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home the year before.
During the run-up to the November election, Steele used the Cosby case in attack ads against Castor.
Dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of impropriety, but he was charged for the first time Wednesday.
Authorities had until January to file charges against Cosby under the state’s 12-year statute of limitations for felony sexual assault.
“There will be no admission of criminal wrongdoing, with respect to Mr. Cosby,” Pressley said.
Cosby, who was released Wednesday on $ 1 million bail, faces up to a decade behind bars if convicted.
The new case marks the first criminal prosecution of the diminishing star and sets the stage for what could be a blockbuster trial involving some of the roughly 60 other accusers who say they were sexually assaulted by Cosby.