FINALLY! 5 Things To Know About Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Charges

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We're all familiar with the increasing number of accusations surfacing against Bill Cosby. So far, over 50 women have come forward accusing Cosby of sexually assaulting and/or drugging them.

While it's a shame that it's taken decades for these accusations to gain any traction in the eyes of the justice system, one of Cosby's victims just might be able to take her rapist to court.

Here are five things we know so far about the warrant out for Cosby's arrest:

1. He's being charged with first-degree felony sexual assault.

The warrant has been issued for Cosby allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Constand claims Cosby made two sexual advances, but rejected him both times. Cosby then gave her pills and wine, and sexually assaulted her. Cosby is to be arraigned later this afternoon in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

2. Constand previously brought Cosby to court in 2005.

Though the case was settled, authorities originally rejected the case from lack of evidence.

3. Prosecutors are reopening the case due to the large amount of women making accusations.

First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele says that, following the deposition released from the 2005 civil suit filed by Constand in which Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with, the District Attorney's office chose to reopen the case.

Steele commented, "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."

4. The statute of limitations is set to run out in January.

Pennsylvania has a 12-year statute of limitations for sexual assault cases. Since the assault took place in 2004, the window to file charges runs out in January 2016.

5. The warrant comes only two weeks after Cosby filed defamation lawsuits.

Cosby filed lawsuits against seven of his accusers: Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.

We hope that this is just the beginning for Cosby's victims getting the justice they deserve.


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