Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have filed criminal charges against comedian Bill Cosby for the alleged drugging and sexual assault of a woman in 2004. It’s the first criminal charges brought against Cosby ever since a torrent of accusations began surfacing earlier this year destroying his image as ‘America’s Dad.’
The 78-year-old Cosby was charged with felony aggravated indecent assault and was arraigned this afternoon. Bail was set at $1 million with additional conditions of surrendering his passport and having no contact with the victim.
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele says the charges stem from an assault that occurred at Cosby’s residence in 2004. Charges were filed after new evidence came to light last July.
During a news conference held this morning, Steele says that evidence from a civil case demonstrated that Cosby had a relationship with the woman who worked for Temple University’s basketball program, and that during the night of the incident, Cosby urged the woman to take pills and wine that he had provided.
Steele says that after taking the pills, the woman was unable to move and alleged that’s when Cosby sexually assaulted the woman. The prosecutor also acknowledged that there may be additional victims and more evidence is being examined.
Dozens of women have stepped forward over the last year with similar accusations of assault. Cosby has maintained his innocence.
Photo Credits: Getty Images/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney
You can read the full criminal complaint, which containts explicit language, against Bill Cosby here (PDF Warning).