A Bill Cosby arrest warrant was issued after the comedian allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. Cosby reportedly admitted to having prior consensual sexual "contact" with Constand but maintains that he committed no crime. The charges against the actor and comedian arrived a day before the 12-year statute of limitations to file a complaint expired.
Bill Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, 42, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, home in the early days of 2004. The former Temple staffer has not yet addressed the felony complaint publicly but has reportedly expressed her extreme gratitude to the prosecutor in the case, MSN reports.
Dolores Troiani, the attorney for the woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, said that her client fully appreciates the level of confidence the prosecution has in the case. Constand, who is now employed as a massage therapist in Canada, is reportedly hopeful that "justice will be done."
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According to court documents filed in the Bill Cosby case, Andrea Constand said that she was in a lesbian relationship at the time she was allegedly assaulted by the comedian. She also deemed the once beloved television sitcom star a "narcissist" who somehow missed the signs that she was most definitely gay.Andrea Constand reportedly came to think of Cosby as both her mentor and friend. She claims that he made sexual advances toward her twice, and both time she maintains that she rejected his romantic gestures. After being rebuked, Cosby allegedly "urged" the former Temple staffer to "take pills" and to drink the wine provide. Constand contends that after imbibing, she was not longer physically able to ward off the unwanted sexual touches by the famous television actor and movie star.
Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele had this to say about the issuance of the Bill Cosby arrest warrant.
"A prosecutor's job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light. Upon examination of all the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim."
Constand is not the only woman to raise sexual assault and rape allegations against Cosby over the past year. To date, more than 50 women have maintained that the actor drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. Cosby has vehemently denied all of the claims levied against him.
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.
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During an interview with People, Andrea Constand's attorney said that if Bill Cosby was arrested on the sexual assault allegations, her client would "fully cooperate" in the case.
"I think she'd be a strong lady. She'll do whatever she needs to do, whatever they ask of her," Troiani added.
Several weeks ago, Cosby filed multiple defamation suits against some of the women who had accused him of forceful and unwanted sexual advances. In turn, some of the women have filed the same type of lawsuits against him. Multiple colleges across the country had awarded Bill Cosby honorary degrees, Fox News reports, and many have rescinded them in the wake of the plethora of sexual assault allegations levied against him.
What do you think about the Bill Cosby arrest warrant being issued and the sexual assault claims uttered by Andrea Constand?
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