WATCH: Sexual Assault Charges Against Bill Cosby Announced
Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault stemming from an incident in 2004 in Pennsylvania.
The charge of felony aggravated indecent assault against William Henry Cosby was filed this morning and announced by Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele.
The count is a first-degree felony that has a 12-year statute of limitations.
Though Cosby has been accused of rape by more than 50 women, the charges today only pertain to one alleged victim in Pennsylvania, Andrea Constand.
Steele said he expects that Cosby will be arraigned later this afternoon.
Cosby, 78, has maintained that the many allegations of sexual assault against him are false. In this case, he has said that he and the woman had consensual sex.
A former Temple University employee told police the comedian drugged and violated her at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
A previous district attorney declined to charge Cosby in 2005.
Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in a related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV’s “The Cosby Show.”
Steele said that Cosby gave the victim wine and pills that rendered her unable to move, then sexually assaulted her.
Steele said "reopening this case was our duty" after all of the other allegations came out and documents were unsealed.
Constand's attorney made the following statement to an NBC reporter:
Just hung up with Andrea Constand's attorney. Here's what she told me: pic.twitter.com/jwPDk8SBEF
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) December 30, 2015