Bill Cosby was arrested and charged on December 30, 2015, and we have the criminal complaint for you to read. Filed by Andrea Constand in 2005, the Canadian native told authorities that Bill Cosby allegedly gave her three blue pills, told her to wash them down with water, and to “take the wine” before he sexually assaulted and digitally penetrated her. Bill Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault and should the allegations be proved true in a court of law, up to 10 years in prison. It is unclear if the prison time would be increased as Bill Cosby faces three charges, as Gawker reported. The 78-year-old actor, producer, and comedian has vowed to fight the charges. Andrea Constand is one of many women who have come forward with their harrowing tales of seduction, drugs, and sexual assault by the man who was upheld as an African American father figure for the world. Should the charges in the criminal complaint be proved true, the legacy of Bill Cosby will forever be destroyed — if it isn’t already.
Charges against Bill Cosby are from an incident in Jan., 2004. One alleges the victim was “unconscious or unaware.” pic.twitter.com/pPxd5aQIXU
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 30, 2015
Deadspin has followed the Bill Cosby case extensively and in addition to obtaining the criminal complaint, they also obtained the released documents related to the 2005 civil suit filed by Andrea Constand against Bill Cosby. In the article, titled “The New Case Against Bill Cosby Is Mostly Based On Evidence They Had All Along,” it’s pointed out that the case was reopened after the publication of the civil trial documents were released. When it was learned that multiple women had similar stories to Andrea Constand’s, the decision was made to reopen the case. Her case fell shortly within the 12-year statute of limitations. Andrea Constand is the first of Bill Cosby’s accusers that will have her voice heard in a criminal court. This marks the first time Bill Cosby has been taken into custody, charged, and arraigned for any of the crimes alleged against him. In those early documents, Bill Cosby admitted to providing drugs to women.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 30, 2015
— CBC News (@CBCNews) December 15, 2015
On December 30, the world watched as America’s once beloved television father, Bill Cosby, was assisted by legal advisers as he entered the Cheltenham Police Station where he was arraigned, had his mug shot taken, and was released on 10 percent of his $1 million bond. Bill Cosby appeared before Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth McHugh and was required to turn in his passport, and it is understood he will have no contact with Andrea Constand while out on bail.
Bill Cosby paid $100,000 in cash and was seen by television cameras and smart phones walking out of the police station. Bill Cosby used a cane and has previously stated he is legally blind in one eye. His eye appeared discolored in his mug shot photos. Though Bill Cosby is 78-years-old, the allegations against him date back to the late 60s. Women of each decade since have made allegations of sexual assault, drugging, and rape against him. Legally, his health will not play a role in how he conducted himself for the past 50 years, or especially, how he conducted himself in 2004, when Andrea Constand stated in the criminal complaint that he drugged and sexually assaulted her.
Andrea Constand has not commented publicly on the criminal complaint filed against Bill Cosby, his arraignment, or what’s next in the case.
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