NBC NEWS – Pennsylvania prosecutors on Wednesday announced they have filed charges against comedian Bill Cosby in an alleged sexual assault encounter with a woman 12 years ago.
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony, Montgomery County District Attorney-elect Kevin Steele said at a news conference. He will be arraigned later Wednesday afternoon.
“Today, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” Steele said.
Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, told police the once-beloved TV father figure drugged and violated her at his home in Cheltenham Township, near Philadelphia, in 2004.
Constand was not specifically named as the victim during the news conference, but Steele said that “she has indicated that she is willing to cooperate with us going forward.”
The 78-year-old “Cosby Show” star previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman. A previous district attorney declined to charge Cosby in 2005.