Arrest warrant issued for Bill Cosby; press conference reveals details

Bill Cosby ChargedThings just got a lot rougher for Bill Cosby as an arrest warrant has been issued for the legendary comedian.

“Upon examination of all of the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of Mr. Cosby’s victim,” incoming Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Wednesday at a news conference.

The charge is a felony in the first degree and Cosby is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday afternoon for the July 2004 sexual assault of the woman identified as Andrea Constand.

“The charges today are filed as a result of new information that came to light in July of 2015. The statute of limitations in this type of case is 12 years. After determining that the statute of limitations regarding potential criminal offenses had not yet expired, the investigation was reopened,” Steele said.

Steele said Cosby “established a relationship with the victim after meeting her through her work associated with Temple University’s women’s basketball program.”

He added that Constand considered Cosby a mentor.

“On two other occasions before the incident leading to the criminal charge in this case, Mr. Cosby made two sexual advances at her that were rejected. On the evening in question, Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine. The effect of which rendered her unable to move or respond to his advances, and he committed aggravated indecent assault upon her.”

Watch the press conference below.

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