Bill Cosby Breaks Silence After Arrest as Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Andrea Constand Asks Tweeters to 'Stay Classy'
A day after the 78-year-old comedian was arraigned and released on $1 million bail, he posted a message of gratitude
On New Year’s Eve, Bill Cosby took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support, just one day after he was charged with felony aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004.
“Friends and fans, Thank you,” he wrote.
He was bombarded with angry responses, with people tweeting back messages like “You’re not welcome” and “You kidding, man?”
Meanwhile, Constand asked her followers be respectful while discussing the case.
“Let’s all stay classy plz!” she tweeted Thursday. “That includes anybody who may be inserting their opinion as to whether anything was fully investigated period.”
She received mixed messages of support and criticism, with one user telling her to “stay strong” and another saying, “you should be ashamed of yourself.”
The 78-year-old comedian was arraigned in Elkins Park on Wednesday afternoon and released after posting $1 million bail.
On Thursday, a Massachusetts federal judge denied a motion brought by his wife Camille to avoid testifying at a deposition in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who also allege her husband sexually assaulted them.
“I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby’s arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety,” U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy said in the ruling.
And on Thursday evening, Kanye West dropped a new track, “Facts,” that calls out Cosby.
“Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby? Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey,” he raps.
So far, more than 50 women have accused the comedian of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them. Cosby has vehemently denied all of the allegations.
Beth Ferrier, one of the original 12 Jane Does in Constand’s 2005 civil suit against the comedian, was thrilled to hear Cosby was finally arrested for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand more than a decade ago.
“I’m so happy for Andrea,” she told PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m totally doing back flips. It has been such a totally horrific journey.”