Bill Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting woman in 2004
Bill Cosby was charged by Pennsylvania authorities Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his wholesome image as America’s Dad.
The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the 78-year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career.
In bringing the case, Montgomery County Dist. Atty. Risa Vetri Ferman overruled her predecessor, who declined to charge Cosby in 2005 when Temple University employee Andrea Constand first told police that the comic drugged her and violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his mansion in suburban Philadelphia.
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a felony, and was to be arraigned in the afternoon.
The TV star acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual.
The charges were announced just days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges would have run out.
Somehow I think this is a case of the DA trying to make a name for himself. Whether Cosby is in fact guilty I doubt it can be proved in court.