Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bill Cosby Charged in 2004 Sexual Assault Case


Wow. I knew there were dozens of accusers, but I thought the statute of limitations had run out on all of them. Happy to hear that there may be some kind of justice after all. This seems like the biggest fall from grace for a Hollywood superstar that I can remember. I know about Fatty Arbuckle, am I forgetting any other comparable ones? 

The New York Times reports: 
The authorities in Pennsylvania announced criminal charges on Wednesday against the entertainer Bill Cosby stemming from a woman’s accusation that he drugged and sexually abused her at his home in a suburb north of Philadelphia, in 2004.  
Kevin Steele, Montgomery County’s district attorney-elect, said that Mr. Cosby faces a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault. He said the investigation involved a “relationship” between Mr. Cosby and the victim, Andrea Constand, that came about from her work with the basketball team at Temple University, Mr. Cosby’s alma mater.  
 Mr. Cosby became a “mentor” and “friend” to Ms. Constand, Mr. Steele said, and at one point she went to his home in Cheltenham Township. According to the accusations, Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills and drink wine until she was unable to move, after which he committed the assault. 
“The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed,” Mr. Steele said. He added: “A person in that state cannot give consent.” 
Mr. Cosby’s lawyer, Monique Pressley, had no immediate comment but said a statement would be coming later Wednesday. Ms. Constand’s lawyer, Dolores M. Troiani, expressed “appreciation” to law enforcement in a statement on Wednesday, praising them for “the consideration and courtesy they have shown Andrea during this difficult time.” 
Mr. Cosby is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Accused serial rapist funnyman's bail set at $1 million, ordered to hand over passport as he arrives in Pa. court to faces charges in 2004 sex assault

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