Bill Cosby Charged with Sexual Assault
Comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault, after years of accusation, and a life of lies.
The Pennsylvania Montgomery Country District Attorney’s Office announced the felony charge had been laid on Cosby on Wednesday.
“On the evening in question, Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine, the effect of which rendered her unable to move, respond to his advances, and he committed aggravated indecent assault upon her,” Steele said at a news conference.
The Hill reports:
The first criminal charge against Cosby represents a spectacular fall from grace for the once-revered comic. More than 40 women have publicly come forward to accuse Cosby of assault. Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Before the allegations came to light, Cosby was a frequent recipient of some of the most coveted honors presented in Washington.
In 2002, the television legend was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President George W. Bush. A former White House aide told ITK last year that it was “unlikely” the award would be rescinded. Earlier this year, a sexual assault prevention group called on President Obama to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom.
Obama said at a June news conference that there was no way to rescind the medal, but added, not mentioning Cosby specifically, “I’ll say this. If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without their consent, that’s rape.”
Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) have backed a petition calling on officials to strip Cosby of the award.
“She supports this group’s effort because we need to set a clear example that sexual assault will not be tolerated in this country, and someone who admitted to using drugs for sex no longer deserves the nation’s highest honor,” a Gillibrand spokesman told Politico in July.
Cosby was among the performers celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and also received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in 2009. He was named a Library of Congress Living Legend in 2000.
Cosby also received the Mark Twain Prize for Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2009.
Steele said Cosby is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.
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