(TheDC/Reuters) — Pennsylvania prosecutors said on Wednesday that comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident in 2004.
Charges against Bill Cosby are from an incident in Jan., 2004. One alleges the victim was "unconscious or unaware." pic.twitter.com/pPxd5aQIXU
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 30, 2015
An arrest warrant has been issued for the comedian for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia-area mansion in January 2004.
During a Wednesday morning press conference, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Kevin Steele explained Cosby had been charged with “aggravated indecent assault” in regards to his relationship with Andrea Constand and is “expected to be arraigned later this afternoon.”
[dcquiz] Steele noted that Cosby was charged after new information came to light this past July.
More than 50 women have come forward with claims that Cosby had drugged, and in numerous cases, sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.
Cosby, 78, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and had never been criminally charged. Many of the alleged incidents occurred decades ago and the statute of limitations for prosecuting them expired long ago.