An arrest warrant has been issued for Bill Cosby who is charged with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony, against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand back in 2004. One of the reasons for the timing has to do with the fact that the statute of limitations for the alleged crime runs out this January. These are the first criminal charges to be brought against Bill Cosby [lead image via Getty Images Entertainment / Gerardo Mora].
Bill will be arraigned later on today.
What is “Aggravated Indecent Assault?” Simply put, it’s a classic rape charge. The term is defined as sexual penetration without consent, and seeing as how Andrea was allegedly intoxicated or drugged, she couldn’t consent. This is a first degree charge, the most serious one possible.
Here’s what Andrea’s lawyer had to say about the news:
“Obviously we appreciate the expression of confidence in her. We’ll have to see what happens. We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully. I think [Andrea’s] a very strong lady. She’ll do whatever she needs to do, whatever they ask of her.”
The issuing of a warrant comes just two weeks after Bill Cosby filed defamation lawsuits against accusers who say that he’s either raped or sexually assaulted them.
Here is the docket for the criminal charges Bill faces: