Updated: Arrest Warrant Issued For Bill Cosby For Alleged 2004 Sexual Assault of Andrea Constand
A warrant for Bill Cosby’s arrest has been issued this morning for the alleged drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in January 2004.
Cosby has previously said what happened between him and Constand was consensual, but in new court filings last summer Constand said she was in a relationship with a woman at the time. She also called Cosby a “narcissist” who missed cues that she’s gay.
Cosby is still embroiled in a variety of legal battles surrounding the alleged drugging and sexual assault of over 50 women. He’s currently suing model Beverly Johnson for defamation of character. The statute of limitations to charge Cosby runs out in January.
Update, 10:27am: The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office has announced that Cosby will be charged with aggravated indecent assault, which is a first-degree felony. First District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a press conference that Cosby’s lawyers are aware of the charges and he will be arraigned later this afternoon.
Update, 3:18 p.m.: The AP reports that Bill Cosby has been arraigned in a Pennsylvania courthouse on a sex assault charge. According to USA Today, he pleaded not guilty and turned over his passport as a condition for being released on bail, which was set at $1 million. Cosby’s trial date is set for January 14th.