An arrest warrant has been issued for comedian Bill Cosby for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
He has been charged with aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday. The charge is a felony — and he could face up to 12 years in prison for this case alone. CNN reports the actor is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon.
This particular warrant stems from the alleged incident involving Cosby drugging and sexually assaulting the former Temple employee at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania home.
Constand’s attorney Dolores Troiani tells People of her 42-year-old client, who is now a massage therapist in Canada:
“Obviously we appreciate the expression of confidence in her. We’ll have to see what happens. We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully.”
As far as the many other over 50 allegations against Cosby, Troiani says:
“I think this arrest warrant speaks for itself. I don’t think I have to talk any louder than they have.”
Constand’s case was quietly reopened last summer when former Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman sent detectives to interview Constand while the now-Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele oversaw the investigation. This case played a huge part in the DA election.
Cosby has previously said the relations between him and Constand were consensual, but Constand asserts that she was in a relationship with a woman at the time, while calling Cosby a “narcissist.”
The statute of limitations to charge Cosby would have run out in January.
[Image via WENN.]