The Cosby Show star was charged with aggravated indecent assault on Wednesday (30Dec15), stemming from allegations he attacked Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania in January, 2004.

The 78-year-old turned himself in to police and was arraigned in a Montgomery County courthouse before being released on $1 million (£666,670) bail.

Cosby has remained largely silent amid the scandal, but on New Year's Day (01Jan16), he started the year with a message of thanks to those who have been supporting him.

"Friends and fans, Thank You," he wrote in a post on Twitter.com.

He is due back in court on 14 January (16) for a preliminary hearing in the case.