An arrest warrant has been issued in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for comedian Bill Cosby on the allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his mansion in Elkins Park in January 2004.
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While Constand didn't appear at the announcement, her attorneys have issued a statement of gratitude toward the prosecutor in the case:
"Obviously we appreciate the expression of confidence in her," says Dolores Troiani of her client, 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 court filing last summer, Constand said that she never gave consent to Cosby and that she was in a relationship with a woman at the time of the assault. The statute of limitations expires in January, so Constand decided to come forward.
Troiani had said in September that if prosecutors decided to arrest Cosby for the alleged assault, Constand would fully cooperate.
"I think she'd a very strong lady," Troiani said. "She'll do whatever she needs to do, whatever they ask of her."
Cosby has been under fire for over two years for allegations that date back decades that he was drugging, sexually assaulting, and raping women. He has denied all of the allegations and has even filed defamation lawsuit against several of the women.
Of those lawsuits Troiani said, "I think this arrest warrant speaks for itself. I don't think I have to talk any louder than they have."
This case comes into the open after Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopened the case last summer and did an investigation.
The relationship between Constand and Cosby started when Constand was invited to Cosby mansion and he told her that "he wanted to offer her assistance in her pursuit of a different career," according to Yahoo News. She agreed to meet him and arrived at his home around 9 p.m.
Cosby "then offered [her] three blue pills, which he told her were herbal medication, which would help her relax," the suit said. Constand took the pills with bottled water and within a short period of time, her "knees began to shake, her limbs felt immobile, she felt dizzy and weak, and she began to feel only barely conscious," the lawsuit said.
Cosby told her to go onto the sofa and rest. "Subsequently, [Cosby] positioned himself behind [Constand] on the sofa, touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and sexually assaulted her." Constand was "semi-conscious" throughout the ordeal, the suit said, then lost consciousness shortly afterward.
She woke around 4 a.m., "feeling raw in and around her vaginal area," the lawsuit said. Her "clothes and undergarments were in disarray."
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She woke up and left the home by herself. A year later, she reported the actions to police in Ontario who referred the case to Montgomery County.