Earlier reports from this morning indicate that Bill Cosby will be charged for sexual assault, following claims that the comedian allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a woman back in 2004. The arrest stems from the earlier accusation that the comedian drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand, this particular instance allegedly occurred in Cosby’s Pennsylvania home.
While multiple sources are now reporting the impending arrest, People was one of the first outlets to break the story earlier today. Andrea Constand is a former Temple University employee, Constand named Cosby a “narcissist” in court filings that took place earlier this year. Since the first accusation from Constant, Cosby has gone on record stating that their relationship was consensual.
For this particular accusation (there have been several at this point from over 50 women) the investigation started back in 2005 but at the time the Pennsylvania district attorney refused to charge Cosby.
Now the case has been reopened, along with several other pending civil suits that are expected to begin over the next year. The 2005 case was reopened after new testimony was revealed during a different civil suit was held against Cosby, this according to the AP.
As we mentioned earlier, there have been over 50 women that have accused Cosby of drugging them, sexually assaulting them, or both. These accusations span almost the entire lifespan of Cosby’s career after his hit sitcom won over audiences across America. Since the accusations went public, Cosby has denied all allegations and filed a defamation lawsuit of his own against several of the women that have accused him of such crimes.