2015 hasn’t exactly brought many smiles to embattled funnyman Bill Cosby. The comedy legend has been bombarded with reports alleging his involvement in the drugging and rape of several women, many of whom have attempted (and still are attempting) to seek legal action against him.
Now, to make matters worse, a warrant has been issued for his arrest in connection to yet another alleged drugging and sexual assault.
An arrest warrant has been issued for entertainer Bill Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004, Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele said at a Wednesday press conference.
Cosby is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
“A prosecutor’s job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light,” Steele said. “Upon examination of all the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim.”
Steele said that Constant “came to consider Mr. Cosby her victim and her friend.”
He said that Cosby “made two sexual advances at her that were rejected.” He added, “Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills and to drink wine, the effect of which left her unable to [rebuff his advances].”
Prosecutor say the the release of a deposition last summer from a 2005 civil suit filed by Constand, in which Cosby admitted to giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with, caused the District Attorney’s office to reopen the case.
The statute of limitations to charge Cosby runs out in January .
To date, more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting and/or drugging them. He has denied all accusations.