The authorities in Montgomery County, Pa., announced criminal charges on Wednesday against the entertainer Bill Cosby stemming from a woman’s accusation that he drugged and abused her at his home in Cheltenham Township, a suburb north of Philadelphia, in 2004.
Kevin Steele, Montgomery County’s district attorney-elect, said that Mr. Cosby faces a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault in the episode. He said the investigation that led to the charge involved a “relationship” with the victim that stemmed from her work with the Temple University basketball team.
She went to Mr. Cosby’s home, and he made two sexual advances that were rejected, Mr. Steele said. According to the accusations, Mr. Cosby then urged her to take pills and drink wine until she was unable to move.
“The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed,” Mr. Steele said. He added: “A person in that state cannot give consent."
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