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As more and more women spoke out about alleged sexual abuses at the hands of Bill Cosby, pretty much everyone wondered if authorities would do anything. Many of these allegations were from well in the past, and there were concerns over whether there’d be any evidence other than witness testimony.
On the other hand, when 50 people speak out to say a duck is actually a psychopathic pervert, something, you know, needs to be done, regardless of whether any arrest or trial would result in Cosby’s conviction.
It appears that he will now have a day in court, as prosecutors in Pennsylvania will charge Cosby, the Associated Press reported today.
Bill Cosby will be charged in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault more than a decade ago, two people familiar with a prosecutor’s decision said Wednesday.
The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Montgomery County prosecutors had yet to make the announcement. Prosecutors were set to announce the results of their investigation Wednesday at 10 a.m.
It’s the first criminal case against Cosby over his conduct with women, which has received new scrutiny in the past year. The 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.
The warrant stems from a case in 2004 where Andrea Constand says Cosby raped and drugged her. The statute of limitations for the crime was set to expire in January. Police reopened the case after seeing testimony from a civil suit involving Cosby.
Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in a related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV’s “The Cosby Show.”
People Magazine reports that an arrest warrant has also been issued.
UPDATE: Cosby has been officially charged with aggravated indecent assault, which is a felony.