An arrest warrant has been issued for ace comedy actor Bill Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania.
The actor was accused of the incident that allegedly took place at his Elkins Park home in January 2004.
In a press conference, officials announced their intention to charge the Cosby with aggravated indecent assault, a felony charge of the first degree.
“The victim came to consider him her mentor and her friend, he made two sexual advances to her that were rejected, on the evening in question he urged her to take pills and drink wine, the effect of which left her unable to move or respond to his advances and he committed aggravated indecent assault on her,” Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele said.
“The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed at this point,” he added.
At the press conference, Steele confirmed that Cosby was due for arraignment in Elkins Park at approximately 4pm today. Prosecutors are now charging Cosby after evaluating ‘new evidence‘ that had been discovered.
It will be the first criminal case against Cosby over his conduct with women, which has received new scrutiny in the past year.
What is aggravated indecent assault, according to Pennsylvania Statutes?
A person who engages in penetration, of the genitals of a complainant for any purpose other than good faith medical, hygienic or law enforcement procedures commits aggravated indecent assault if the person do so:
without the complainant’s consent;
by threat of forcible compulsion that would prevent resistance by a person of reasonable resolution;
and knows that the complainant is unaware that the penetration is occurring;
after substantially impairing 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;
and the complainant suffers from a mental disability which renders him or her incapable of consent.