Things are getting worse for Bill Cosby. The Pennsylvania District Attorney has just announced that Bill will be charged with “aggravated indecent assault” in connection with the 2004 case that he settled. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon. Until now, the lawsuits have all been civil suits since the statue of limitations had been exceeded for most of the accusers; a criminal case, of course, is much more serious.
The charge is a first-degree felony. The DA said that new information had come to light in 2015. Since the statue of limitations in this type of case is 12 years, the investigation was re-opened. Some witnesses were re-interviewed and evidence from the civil case as well as information from other alleged victims was considered before they decided to charge Bill Cosby with aggravated indecent assault. Andrea Constand’s attorney has confirmed that the allegations are connected to her 2004 case.
The comedian has continually denied all allegations, even countersuing some of his accusers for defamation. So often sexual assault cases turn into a “he said, she said” situation, which makes it difficult to get convictions. I wonder if all the publicity surrounding this case will give more weight to the accusations even if it’s difficult to get corroborating physical evidence. This will play out in public, so we’ll see.
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