Bill Cosby charged in 2004 sex assault case

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US comedian Bill Cosby arrives December 30, 2015 to the Court House in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania to face charges of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby was arraigned over an incident that took place in 2004 — the first criminal charge filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON – Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman who told authorities the actor drugged and abused her at his Pennsylvania home 12 years ago.

The comedian and actor was charged in Montgomery County, Pa., with aggravated indecent assault involving an encounter in early 2004. An arrest warrant has been issued in the case.

Dist. Atty. Kevin Steele told reporters the charge stems from “new evidence” uncovered this year.

Cosby was arraigned before District Court Judge Elizabeth McHugh in Elkins Park, a suburb of Philadelphia, shortly before 3 p.m. Eastern time. Bail was set at $1 million, which was immediately posted.

The complaint identified Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, as the alleged victim in an incident at Cosby’s home in Cheltenham Township, near Philadelphia, in 2004. Constand has publicly accused Cosby and filed a lawsuit against him.

McHugh told Cosby that as a condition of his bail he should not contact the victim or her family.

Read the entire story at Los Angeles Times.

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