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Bill Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault after one woman claimed the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in Cheltenham Township, Philadelphia back in 2004.

Montgomery County’s district attorney-elect, Kevin Steele, confirmed during a press conference on Wednesday that the charge is a “felony of the first degree” and an arraignment is set for this afternoon.

According to Steele, the evidence proved that Cosby “established a relationship with the victim,” Andrea Constand, after meeting her through her work with the Temple University women’s basketball program.

The victim, who at one point considered the comedian her “mentor and friend,” claims that prior to the night of the alleged assault, Cosby made two sexual advances at her which were turned down.

The woman claims that on the evening in question, Cosby urged her to take “wine and three blue pills.”

According to a statement by the district attorney’s office, the effect of the wine and pills caused Constant to become “incapacitated.” After leading the victim to the couch, the comedian “fondled the victim’s breasts, put his hands inside her pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers. During the assault, Cosby also put her hand on his erect penis. The victim did not consent to any of these acts and reported that she was unable to move or speak and felt ‘frozen’ and ‘paralyzed.'”

After the incident, Constant moved back to Canada where she is from. In January 2005, the victim’s mother filed a complaint to local Canadian authorities over the alleged incident, in which officials turned over to authorities in Pennsylvania. However, after an investigation by  the former District Attorney, it was announced that “no criminal charges were forthcoming.”

Several dozen women have come forward over the past two years claiming that they had been drugged or sexually assaulted by Cosby, however, no charges had been made. It is a different story for Constant who made it before the statute of limitations.

Per the district attorney’s office, the charges filed today “are a result of new information that came to light beginning in July 2015. After determining the statute of limitations regarding the potential criminal offense had not yet expired, an investigation was reopened. The statute of limitation for aggravated indecent assault is twelve years from the incident.”

An arrest warrant has been issued for the 78-year-old.

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  1. Cathy Creswell

    December 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Just watched the arraignment.So good to see Cosby get what he deserves. Justice at last.

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