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Bill Cosby thanks friends and fans

Bill Cosby thanked friends and fans in a brief New Year's Eve tweet.

The actor and comedian, beloved for decades for television characters ranging from the voice of the cartoon "Fat Albert" to the wise and avuncular Dr. Huxtable on "The Cosby Show, " is free on $1 million bail pending trial after a brief arraignment hearing last week in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

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Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault, stemming from a nearly 12-year-old sexual assault allegation . The crime, which prosecutors said occurred at his suburban Philadelphia home, is punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine. He did not have to enter a plea.

Cosby's next court appearance is set for Jan. 14.

Cosby performed last spring at the half-filled Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in metro Atlanta, my colleague Rodney Ho reported. Security was tight, and before Cosby took the stage an announcer warned, "If there are disruptions, stay calm. Do not confront the person making the disruption."

A couple of hecklers briefly interrupted the show, and Cosby took it in stride.

"Stop it! This is our show. It will be over soon, " he said that night.

Fans gave him a rousing standing ovation at both the start and end of his show, and afterward Cosby posted a message thanking Atlanta for its support: "We won tonight! No interruptions, nothing but laughter and an amazing standing ovation before and after the show. I thank you, the event organizers, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and the Atlanta Community for your loyalty, trust and commitment to stand beside me. Hey, Hey, Hey --- I'm Far From Finished."

Cosby has retweeted his post thanking friends and families several times. Here is some of the response it has generated:

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Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.

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