Bill Cosby Accusers React To Criminal Charges

12/30/2015 8:45 AM PST

Bill Cosby Accusers React to Criminal Charges

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with aggravated indecent assault for an incident that happened in 2004 with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.

Following the news, TMZ spoke with several of the women who accused Cosby of similar crimes.

Andrea Constand (via her attorney)
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.

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."

Sammie Mays
"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."

Carla Ferrigno
"Very, very, very happy that finally someone brought this down. I am pleased he will finally have consequences for his behavior. God bless Andrea."

Patricia Steuer
"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."

Katherine McKee
"I am so relieved, a load has been lifted. I couldn't feel happier."

"Deep down, I thought Bill was going to get away with it. He's so rich and powerful, it seemed as though these kinds of people get away with these things."