NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the prosecutor's decision say Bill Cosby will be charged in a case involving an encounter with a woman from 2004.
Bill Cosby is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on sexual assault charges filed over a 2004 encounter in his home outside Philadelphia.
Prosecutors say the comedian urged the former Temple University employee to take pills he had and to drink wine. Kevin Steele, Montgomery County's first assistant district attorney, says the woman was paralyzed and unable to respond to his advances -- and that Cosby committed aggravated indecent assault.
Steele says recently released excerpts from Cosby's deposition in a civil lawsuit led to the renewed investigation.
Steele says that after seeing the deposition material "reopening this case was not a question, rather it was our duty."
Cosby's lawyer declined to comment on the charge before the announcement. The 78-year-old comedian said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.
A former Temple University employee told police the comedian drugged and violated her at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
Cosby's lawyer declined to comment on the case before the announcement. The 78-year-old comedian previously said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.
A previous district attorney declined to charge Cosby in 2005. Prosecutors reopened the case as new evidence was unsealed in the woman's related civil case and dozens of women came forward with similar accusations.