Narrowly beating a statute of limitations deadline to file charges, prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced a felony sexual assault charge against comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday.
A former Temple University employee says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in January of 2004.
Cosby, 78, is expected to be arraigned in front of a magistrate in Elkins Park, Pa., at approximately 4 p.m. ET.,
Montgomery County, Pa., prosecutors have charged Cosby with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony.
“These charges stem from a sexual assault,” according to prosecutor Kevin Steele, who said the assault occurred at Cosby’s house in Cheltenham, a Montgomery County township that’s just outside Philadelphia.
So far, more than 50 women have accused the entertainer of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them.
(Cosby has vehemently denied all of the allegations).
The warrant comes just two weeks after Cosby filed defamation lawsuits against several of those accusers, who have filed defamation lawsuits of their own against him.
After the Temple employee, Andrea Constand, accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 2004, a Montgomery County prosecutor decided in 2005 that charges weren’t warranted in the case.
But that prosecutor lost his re-election bid last month to Steele, who made pursuing charges against Cosby an issue in his campaign.
Under state law, aggravated indecent assault has a range of definitions, from having sexual contact with a person without their consent to doing so after an attacker has
“substantially impaired the complainant’s power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the complainant, drugs, intoxicants or other means for the purpose of preventing resistance.”