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Bill Cosby to face sexual assault charges


Bill Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. The charge is a felony.

[Original story posted at 10:11 a.m.]

A prosecutor in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, plans to announce a decision on Wednesday on whether to file charges against Bill Cosby in a case in which someone alleged that he sexually assaulted her.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Cheltenham Township Police Department have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning.

Cosby has been dogged by allegations of sexual assault. More than 40 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby, 78, of assaulting them over four decades, most saying he drugged them first. No criminal charges have been filed against him. He has denied wrongdoing.

Cosby filed a countersuit this month against seven women who had accused him of sexual assault and sued him for defamation. Cosby said the women’s accusations hurt his reputation so much that plans for a new family comedy on NBC were derailed.

On December 15, Cosby sued Beverly Johnson, a pioneering African-American supermodel who accused Cosby in 2014 of sexual misconduct that she says happened years ago; Johnson says the comedian drugged and tried to rape her at her New York home in the mid-1980s.

Cosby’s lawsuit says Johnson joined other women making accusations against him to revive her waning career and to help sell copies of her memoir.

The lawsuit alleges defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, saying Cosby and Johnson never spent any time alone in his house, he never drugged her and “her story is a lie.”

“I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby,” Johnson said in a statement. “In cases of rape and abuse, abusers will do whatever they can to intimidate and weaken their victims to force them to stop fighting. I ask for your support of all of the victims involved.”

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