As we reported, Bill Cosby was charged early on Wednesday with aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in 2004.
Some of the over 50 other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault are speaking out in light of the news, according to TMZ.
Constand’s rep shared:
“On behalf of our client, Andrea Constand we wish to express our appreciation to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the County Detectives and the Cheltenham Police Department for the consideration and courtesy they have shown Andrea during this difficult time. We have the utmost confidence in Mr. Steele, Ms. Feden and their team, who have impressed us with their professionalism. In that this matter is now being pursued in the criminal justice system, we will not comment further.”
Other women who claim to be drugged, raped, or both, by the 78-year-old shared their reactions:
Sarita Butterfield: “I believe that now people are now seeing him for what he really is. If I could tell his wife something, I would tell her, ‘Shame on you for being an accessory to his criminal act.’ She should be charged also as an accomplice.”
“I nearly lost faith this day might never happen. I am looking forward to seeing my rapist in an episode of Orange Is the New Black and myself in a cameo visiting the bastard — driving to the prison, jamming to some upbeat tunes, deciding what it is that I will say. Prisoners have little time to visit you know? I know (it’s a woman’s prison), I don’t give damn. Any prison is good enough as long as I see him behind bars. Please don’t let him die without being convicted because it will save his reputation.”
“Very, very, very happy that finally someone brought this down. I am pleased he will finally have consequences for his behavior. God bless Andrea.”
“I’m very emotional about it. It feels like it’s come full circle. I feel joy and hope it continues to keep the conversation about rape and assault and stats about how long it takes women to come forward. I hope this just isn’t about Cosby. I hope more women come forward when they are raped. The truth always comes out. Not in a mean spirited way … just the truth always comes out.”
We’re sure this comes as a huge relief to the alleged victims.
Stay tuned as the story develops…
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