An arrest warrant has been issued for Bill Cosby for the alleged sexual assault and drugging of a former Temple employee in his Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004.
According to an arrest warrant, Andrea Constand said the philanthropic entertainer made unwanted sexual advances and then urged her to drink wine laced with powerful pills.
Cosby is to be arraigned later this afternoon in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, according to People Magazine.
At a press conference, Montgomery County District Attorney-Elect Kevin Steele said, “A prosecutor’s job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light,” Steele said. “Upon examination of all the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim.”
Constand “came to consider Mr. Cosby her mentor and her friend,” according to Steele.
Steele said that Cosby raped her after he gave her pills and wine when his sexual advances were rejected. Cosby “made two sexual advances at her that were rejected,” He continued. “Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills and to drink wine, the effect of which left her unable to [stop him from sexually assaulting her].”
A deposition from a 2005 civil suit filed by Constand allowed the the District Attorney’s office to reopen the case. In that statement Cosby admitted to giving willing women quaaludes.
Cosby maintained that his sexual interactions with Constand was consensual.
This comes down as the statute of limitations to charge Cosby expires in January 2016.