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Bill Cosby's lawyer: 'My client is innocent and will not take a plea deal'

Bill Cosby's lawyer says the star won't take a plea deal.

Bill Cosby's attorney has full confidence the embattled comedian will be exonerated and insists he will not take a plea deal.

The Cosby Show star was slapped with a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault on Wednesday morning (30Dec15), amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania in January, 2004.

Cosby, who denied the accusations at the time, settled a civil suit with Constand, a former employee at his alma mater, Philadelphia's Temple University, in 2006.

His deposition in the lawsuit was made public over the summer (15), and in the testimony, he confessed to buying sedatives to give to women he wanted to sleep with. It prompted officials in Pennsylvania to reopen the case and, on Wednesday, they issued an arrest warrant for Cosby.

The 78-year-old turned himself in to police hours later and was arraigned in a Montgomery County courthouse. He did not enter a plea and spoke only to confirm he understood the terms of his bail, which was set at $1 million (£666,670).

Cosby's attorney, Monique Pressley, has now declared her client will not be taking a plea deal, and she believes the 78-year-old will be cleared of the charge.

"My client is not guilty, and there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of arrangement..." she tells America's Today Show. "I have confidence in that system of justice, and... I believe when you separate what happens in a court of law from what has been allowed to happen in the fictional court of public opinion, you will get an outcome that justice requires."

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 14 January (16).

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