Bill Cosby charged in sex assault case

Bill Cosby arriving at the District Court in Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting an Ontario woman at his home 12 years ago - the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.

Bill Cosby is expected to turn himself in to face arraignment on a sexual assault charge. Kevin Steele, Montgomery County's first assistant district attorney, says the woman was paralyzed and unable to respond to his advances - and that Cosby committed aggravated indecent assault. The charges were filed thanks to new information uncovered in July, Steele said, noting that the 2004 incident remains within the 12-year statute of limitations. Barbara Bowman, an alleged victim who came forward during the Constand case, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Postdetailing frustration that no one believed her after all those years.

The case that led to charges involve Andrea Constand, who was a Temple University employee in 2004.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to charge Cosby, saying at the time that the comedian and his accuser could be portrayed in "a less than flattering light". He said that Cosby pressed her to take drugs and drink wine on the day of the incident.

Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony.

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Constand's lawyer has said Constand is gay and was dating a woman around the time she met Cosby in the early 2000s.

More than 50 women have already publicly claimed abuse by the pioneering African-American comedian, who attained his greatest fame for his role as the lovable family doctor and pater familias in the hit 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show".

This comes down as the statute of limitations to charge Cosby expires in January 2016.

Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 deposition that he meant to give drugs to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Steele said that Cosby established a relationship with Constand leading up to the January 2004 sexual assault.

It is the first time Mr Cosby, 78, has been charged with any offence after months of accusations.

A prosecutor in Pennsylvania announced criminal charges against Bill Cosby on Wednesday.

"I walk her out".

But his attorneys have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by Cosby, who has gone from megastar to pariah in the face of the allegations, which span four decades. Over 25 women have come forward, all telling essentially the same story: Cosby lured them into his private lair, drugged and then sexually assaulted them.

Constand eventually settled a lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms. Constand's team said they couldn't trust Castor after he failed to press charges in 2005. Cosby, through his representatives, accused some of the women of trying to extract money from him or get ahead in show business.

Cosby's lawyers said he did not have Quaaludes during the time he knew Constand and did not give them to her.

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