Bill Cosby is facing the first of the criminal charges stemming from dozens of sexual assault charges by nearly 50 women. A warrant has been issued for the fallen icon's arrest in connection to his alleged 2004 attack on Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee who claims she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby.
The statute of limitations on Cosby runs out in January, so the warrant comes in the nick of time. Constand's attorney, Dolores Troiani, expressed gratitude toward the prosecutor for the warrant. "Obviously we appreciate the expression of confidence in her," Troiani says of Constand, 42, who is now a massage therapist in Ontario, Canada. "We'll have to see what happens. We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully."
In new court filings last summer, Constand said she was in a relationship with a woman at the time of the assault and called Cosby a "narcissist" who ignored that she's lesbian.
This is the latest, and arguably most serious, legal battle that Cosby has had to face since more than 50 women stepped forward to accuse Cosby of sex abuse and rape. The comedian is involved in several lawsuits with other accusers, some directed at him for incidents that can no longer be held to criminal charges, and others from him accusing women of defamation.
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