NORRISTOWN, Pa., Dec. 30 (UPI) — New information from a sexual assault case filed against Bill Cosby in 2004 has brought prosecutors to charge the defamed comedian with a first-degree felony.
“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” Pennsylvania District Attorney Kevin Steele said during a press conference Wednesday morning.
Cosby is facing a single aggravated indecent assault charge from an incident that took place inside his home against Andrea Constand in January 2004, court documents reveal. It is the first time the 78-year-old has been charged, though more than 50 women have made similar accusations.
He was scheduled to be arraigned later Wednesday.
Constand, a massage therapist, filed a lawsuit against Cosby in 2005, accusing the former Cosby Show actor of drugging and sexually assaulting her a year before.
This year, a newly released deposition from Cosby in relation to the case revealed he did in fact give drugs to women for sex. The comedian, however, claimed the exchanges were consensual.