|Trouble: An arrest warrant has been issued for Bill Cosby (above with wife Camille in New York City in November) over the sexual assault of Andrea Constand|
Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania in January 2004.
The 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand, the former director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team. Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele announced the charge against Cosby at a press conference Wednesday morning, saying; 'The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed at this point.'
The criminal complaint alleges that on the night in question Cosby told Constand to take three blue pills that left her feeling weak and then led her to a sofa where the assault took place. When she woke up the next morning he gave her a muffin and sent her home. Cosby will be arraigned at 4pm Wednesday [Dec. 30] afternoon in Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania on a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault.
|Claims: Cosby previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with Constand (above in 1987)|
|First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele (above) announces the felony charge of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby|
Steele said at the press conference on Wednesday that Cosby made two failed sexual advances towards Constand before the incident now in question. The affidavit of probable cause describes both incidents, as well as the night of the alleged assault. Constand claims that the first time Cosby made an advance at her was after the two shared a meal at his house and were sitting on his sofa having a discussion.
That is when 'without warning, Cosby reached over and touched her pants, her waist, and her inner thigh,' according to the affidavit of probable cause. She claims she then excused herself, went to the bathroom, gathered her things and left. The next time he made an advance at her also occurred at his home in Elkins Park, and this time he 'unbuttoned her pants and began touching her,' according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Once again Constand claims she left soon after. Then, sometime between mid-January and mid-February 2004, the alleged sexual assault occurred. Constand claims she arrived at Cosby's home and was greeted by the actor, who was wearing a sweatsuit. The two spoke about Constand's future, and she told Cosby she was feeling 'drained' and 'emotionally occupied.' That is when Cosby allegedly went upstairs and returned with three blue pills. telling Constand; 'These will make you feel good. The blue things will take the edge off.'
Constand claims she then asked if the pills were herbal, to which Cosby replied; 'Yes. Down them. Put 'em down. Put them in your mouth.' According to the affidavit of probable cause, Cosby then told Constand to have some wine, and soon after she began to have trouble speaking and seeing. Cosby then allegedly told her to lie down on the couch, and soon after, according to the affidavit of probable hearing, was 'fondling her breasts, put his hands into her pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers.'
He also allegedly took her hand and placed it on his erect penis. Constand claims she woke up hours later around 4am and realized her bra was undone and above her breasts and that her sweater was bunched up. As she made her way to the door she claims Cosby was standing there in a robe and holding a muffin, which he handed to her as she left while saying; 'Alright.'
|Charges: Cosby (abive in January) will be arraigned at 4pm Wednesday afternoon in Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania on a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault|
Cosby said at that time he had given Constand Benadryl and then, according to the affidavit, 'they began to pet (touching and kissing) and then he touched her bare breast and private parts. Cosby claims that Constand did not ask him to stop at any point. He then admitted to giving her a blueberry muffin and some tea when she awoke early the next morning. He also said the two had 'petted and kissed' several times in the past, and that he 'liked the petting and touching.'
When asked if he had ever had sexual intercourse with Constand he said 'never asleep or awake.' Constand then launched her civil suit against Cosby, a man she called her 'mentor,' in March 2005. Cosby settled that suit for undisclosed terms in 2006.
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