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The hammer fell on Bill Cosby Wednesday morning, The comedian, who’s been under fire for the past year amid decades of sexual assault allegations has officially been charged with one count of aggravated indecent assault after a prosecutor cited new evidence in a 2004 allegation. The charges come just as the 12-year statute of limitation deadline was set to pass. Cosby will be arraigned later Wednesday.

via Slate:

Montgomery County prosecutor Kevin Steele announced the charges in a press conference on Wednesday morning, saying that new information had come to light over the summer that prompted the new legal action.

Steele specifically cited the public release of a series of 2005 depositions by Cosby and a former Temple University basketball manager who had accused the comedian of sexual assault in a civil case after Pennsylvania prosecutors declined to press charges at the time. The civil suit was settled out of court in 2006, but since then dozens of women have come forward accusing Cosby of sexually assaulting them, often with similar stories of having been drugged.
“The evidence shows Mr. Cosby established a relationship with the victim after meeting her through her work,” Steele said. “The victim came to consider Mr. Cosby her mentor and her friend.”

In a 2005 deposition, Cosby admitted to giving women he wanted to sleep with Quaaludes. The information was amongst many key items Steele used in regards to explaining what “new evidence” he had to charge Cosby. The alleged victim, Andrea Constand released a statement stating that she has, “the utmost confidence in Mr. Steele, Ms. Feden and their team” and due to the fact that it’s now an on-going criminal matter, they would not issue any further comment.