Bill Cosby Charged with Sexual Assault: Rape Accusations Catch up with Comedian

By Victoria Guerra | Dec 30, 2015 03:26 PM EST
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Ever since Hannibal Buress brought into light the numerous rape allegations against Bill Cosby, dozens more women have spoken out, all telling the same disturbing tale of being drugged and sexually abused by the legendary Dr. Huxtable. And now, the D.A. working on the Andrea Constand case has issued a warrant for Cosby's arrest, and he's been charged.

According to ABC News, the prosecution handling Constand's rape case (an event that allegedly occurred at Cosby's Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004) have now officially issued a warrant for the Cosby Show comedian's arrest, weeks before the case's statute of limitations runs out.

As Yahoo! News reports, hours after the D.A. put out the warrant on Cosby's arrest, he was also charged in the first criminal charges he's faced since the outpour of allegations against him began in late 2014.

"Obviously we appreciate the expression of confidence in her," Dolores Troiani, Constand's lawyer, told People magazine when news of Cosby's arrest warrant came out. "We'll have to see what happens. We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully."

Like other Cosby accusers, Constand claims the actor and comedian gave her pills to relax when she was visiting him after a night out with friends, saying said pills made her lose her senses to some extent and allowed Cosby to have more power over her, remembering how he then touched her breasts and made her touch him. The next morning, she woke up nude, pressing rape charges against him the following year.

In 2005, Constand's case was dropped when Montgomery County D.A. Bruce Castor didn't find sufficient evidence to support her claims against Cosby; however, during the massive scandal surrounding the once beloved comedian, Cosby's deposition from 2005 was unsealed and it was ultimately found that the case could proceed.

Over 50 women from all spheres of entertainment have come out in the last year to speak of their experience with Cosby, all of them saying the comedian drugged them (mostly with Quaaludes, the same pills used in that infamous scene in The Wolf of Wall Street) and then sexually assaulted them in one way or another.

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