Not been a great year for Bill Cosby. Can’t say I feel sorry for him though. An arrest warrant has been issued for him for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004. 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. Upon examination of all the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim.”
He said that Cosby had
“made two sexual advances at her that were rejected. Cosby urged her to take pills and to drink wine, the effect of which left her unable to [rebuff his advances].”
According to People;
Constand was operations manager of the Temple University women’s basketball team when she first met Cosby in November 2002, about a year after she started working there, according to a civil suit she filed against him after Castor initially decided not to prosecute him. (Cosby settled the lawsuit with a confidentiality agreement, which Constand is trying to undo, in late 2006).
Cosby, who is now 78, “fostered a friendship” with her, “so that over time she considered him to be both her friend, albeit older, and a mentor,” the suit said.
She socialized with him over the next year, discussing Temple women’s basketball with him, talking with him by telephone and “being his guest at dinner parties and other events hosted by him at his Cheltenham home and other locations,” the suit said.
In January 2004, Cosby invited Constand to his mansion, “telling her he wanted to offer her assistance in her pursuit of a different career,” the suit said. She agreed to meet him and arrived at his home around 9 p.m. They began talking and, during the conversation, Constand said she was feeling “stressed” about making her career decision, the suit said.
Cosby “then offered [her] three blue pills, which he told her were herbal medication, which would help her relax,” the suit said. Constand took the pills with bottled water and within a short period of time, her “knees began to shake, her limbs felt immobile, she felt dizzy and weak, and she began to feel only barely conscious,” the lawsuit said. (Cosby had denied drugging Constand, saying that he gave her Benadryl.)
She allegedly told Cosby she didn’t feel well and, because she couldn’t walk on her own, he led her to a sofa and laid her down, the suit said.
“Subsequently, [Cosby] positioned himself behind [Constand] on the sofa, touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and sexually assaulted her,” the suit alleges. Constand was “semi-conscious” throughout the ordeal, the suit said, then lost consciousness shortly afterward.
She allegedly woke around 4 a.m., “feeling raw in and around her vaginal area,” the lawsuit said. Her “clothes and undergarments were in disarray,” the suit said.
After she woke up, Cosby greeted her “in his bathrobe,” the suit said. She left his home by herself and, one year later, reported his actions to police in Durham, Ontario then was referred to authorities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where the alleged incident occurred.
Constand, 42, who is now a massage therapist in Ontario, Canada, was not available for comment but one of her attorneys expressed gratitude toward the prosecutor. Dolores Troiani said,
“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.”
So far, more than 50 women have accused the entertainer of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them. (Cosby has vehemently denied all of the allegations). The warrant comes just two weeks after Cosby filed defamation lawsuits against several of those accusers, who have filed defamation lawsuits of their own against him. Troiani said about those lawsuits,
“I think this arrest warrant speaks for itself. I don’t think I have to talk any louder than they have. I think she’s a very strong lady. She’ll do whatever she needs to do, whatever they ask of her.”
The statute of limitations to charge Cosby runs out in January.
UPDATE: The elder comedian has been booked and released on $1 million bail pending trial.