UPDATE: Bill Cosby arrived at a U.S court this morning, where bail was set at $US1 million, after he was charged with sexual assault.
The alleged victim in the case is Andrea Constand, a former basketball team manager at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater.
The veteran comedian is accused of giving drugs and wine to Ms Constand, who he had mentored via a university basketball program, and then assaulted her when she was incapable of resisting.
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A civil case was settled but the flood of allegations against him has caused prosecutors to now press criminal charges.
Cosby has repeatedly denied similar accusations made by dozens of women.
EARLIER: Veteran U.S comedian, Bill Cosby, has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident over a decade ago.
Pennsylvania prosecutors issued an for Cosby after he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a woman at his Philadelphia-area mansion in January, 2004.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said at a press conference on Wednesday that new information came to light this year in the case.
More than 50 women have come forward with claims that Cosby had drugged, and in numerous cases, sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.
The 78-year-old has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and had never been criminally charged.
Many of the alleged incidents occurred decades ago and the statute of limitations for prosecuting them expired long ago.