UPDATED: Dec. 30, 3:56 p.m. EST
Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault earlier today, and has since been released on bail after surrendering his passport and posting 10 percent of his $1 million bail in cash.
Bill Cosby approaching his arraignment, and his booking photo (inset). (Photo Credit: Getty Images, Cheltenham Township Police Dept.)
He faces a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault — if found guilty, he could face up to 10 years behind bars.
He's due in court on Jan. 14.
Read the criminal complaint here:
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: Dec. 30, 1:14 p.m. EST
Authorities in Montgomery County, Penn. confirmed an arrest warrant has been issued for Bill Cosby, who has been charged for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
The announcement was made during a press conference earlier today, during which it was revealed that the entertainer, 78, is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon.
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The accuser, Andrea Constand. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Ms. Constand — an employee of the comedian’s alma mater, Temple University — claims she came to consider Cosby “a mentor and a friend.”
She alleges that she went to his home one night and he offered her pills to “relax”; she says she then woke up to him fondling her breasts and crotch and he put her hand on his penis.
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A criminal investigation was launched but later dropped when the local district attorney could not find sufficient evidence against Cosby.
Earlier this year — after more than 50 women spoke out claiming to be victims of sexual assault at the hands of the Cosby Show star — courts allowed the actor’s deposition for the case to be unsealed.
In the deposition, Bill testified that he had given Quaaludes to at least one woman he intended to have sexual relations with.
Protesters gather outside one of Cosby’s shows. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
While Ms. Constand — who now works as a massage therapist — could not be reached for comment in regards to the new felony charges against Cosby, the 42-year-old’s attorney expressed gratitude towards the prosecutor who decided to move forward with the warrant.
“Obviously, we appreciate the expression of confidence in [Constand],” Dolores Troiani said during the press conference. “We’ll have to see what happens. We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully.”
Cosby insists their relationship was always consensual — while Constand maintains she was dating a woman at the time of the alleged incident.