Sex Charges Brought Against Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby is expected to be arraigned today in Pennsylvania on a charge of Aggravated Indecent Assault. The victim is an employee of Temple University.
In a press conference today, Montgomery County's first assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele, said the encounter happened in 2004 at Cosby's home outside Philadelphia. The victim told authorities that Cosby had urged her to take pills and to drink wine, leaving her paralyzed and unable to respond to his advances. That was when she says Cosby assaulted her.
Steele said it was a review of Cosby's deposition in a civil lawsuit that prompted prosecutors to reopen the case, something he said was "not a question, rather it was our duty." The 78-year-old comedian has admitted under oath that the two had sexual contact, but said that it was consensual.
Accusations have followed him for many years, but this is the first time that criminal charges after been brought against him over his conduct with women. According to the Associated Press, Cosby's lawyer has declined to comment on the case.