Arrest Warrant Issued for Bill Cosby in Connection With Alleged 2004 Sexual Assault Case
The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have piled up this year and now an arrest warrant has been issued for the embattled comedian. On Wednesday, an arrest warrant was issued for Cosby in Pennsylvania for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, People magazine reported.
Constand has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his Elkins Park mansion in January 2004. The statute of limitations to file charges against Cosby would have expired in January 2016. Constand was not available for comment, but one of her attorneys told People, “Obviously we appreciate the expression of condience in her,” said Dolores Troiani. “We’ll have to see what happens. We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully.” Cosby has claimed his relations with Constand were consensual, but according to court documents filed this past summer, Constand is gay and was in a relationship with a woman at the time of the alleged assault. The arrest warrant comes two weeks after Cosby filed defamation lawsuits against several of the more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual assault over a period of decades. Many of the women have filed defamation lawsuits of their own against the comedian. Of this latest turn of events, Constand’s lawyer said, “I think this arrest warrant speaks for itself. I don’t think I have to talk any louder than they have,” according to People magazine.