A Pennsylvania court on Wednesday charged Bill Cosby with aggravated indecent assault, also referred to as felony sexual assault. If convicted, the comedian could face up to 10 years in prison.
The charge stems from a Jan. 2004 incident at Cosby’s house in Cheltenham, Pa., where former Temple University employee Andrea Constand says the actor drugged and sexually assaulted her. According to Constand, Cosby pressured her to take three blue pills with wine, then proceeded to take advantage of her on his couch.
Constand initially accused Cosby in 2004, but her efforts were thwarted by a Montgomery County prosecutor who determined that charges weren’t warranted. Her new attorneys have since released the following statement: “In that this matter is now being pursued in the criminal justice system, we will not comment further.”
More than 50 women have come forward to accuse the Cosby Show star of sexual misconduct over the past 30 years.
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Cosby is expected to appear in court Wednesday.