May 19, 2019

Bill Cosby Charged with Felony Sexual Assault

cosby_chargedBill Cosby was charged Wednesday with felony assault over an encounter with a woman 12 years ago.

“We are here to announce today charges that have just been filed against William Henry Cosby. These charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004 at Mr. Cosby’s home…” Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a press conference. “Mr. Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. This is a felony of the first degree.”

Cosby is expected to be arraigned on the charge this afternoon in Elkins Park, Pa.

A former Temple University employee told police the comedian drugged and violated her at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

“Mr. Cosby made two sexual advances at her that were rejected,” Steele said. “Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine… He committed aggravated indecent assault against her.”

The once celebrated actor previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.

A previous district attorney declined to charge Cosby in 2005.

Regarding how the case was previously handled, Steele simply stated, “I’m not going to look at the past… It’s not a time to Monday morning quarterback.”

Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in a related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV’s “The Cosby Show.”

Many of those alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in nearly every case. But Pennsylvania law gives prosecutors up to 12 years for some sex crimes, with the clock running out on this case in January.

“This is the charge that we have the ability to go forward [with] under that statute of limitations,” Steele said of the aggravated indecent assault charge.

Steele urged other victims or people with more information about Cosby to come forward and contact police.

“There are other alleged victims, and we are examining evidence in that,” he said. “The charge that we are [announcing] here today involves one victim.”

The former university employee settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.

Lawyers for Cosby and the victim did not immediately return FOX411’s requests for comment. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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