Published Dec 30, 2015After more than 50 women came forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the disgraced 78-year-old comedian — who has admitted to drugging women for sex — fired back by countersuing seven of his accusers for defamation earlier this month. Today (December 30), the first criminal charges have been laid against Cosby and he is to be arraigned this afternoon, according to CBC.
Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault for drugging and violating a woman named Andrea Constand at his mansion in Philadephia. The incident took place in 2004. At the time, Cosby confirmed that he had sexual contact with Constand, but said it had been consensual. The case was previously dismissed from court with no charges against Cosby.
Constand's case was reopened this summer, after dozens of other women came forward with similar allegations against the former TV star. Now 42, Constand currently lives and works in Canada, where she was born.