Results of Bill Cosby criminal inquiry to be announced
Prosecutors in Pennsylvania are set to announce whether Bill Cosby will be charged over an encounter with a woman 12 years ago.
A former Temple University employee told police the comedian drugged and violated her at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. Montgomery County prosecutors say they will announce the results of a new investigation Wednesday at 10 a.m.
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 over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in a related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV's "The Cosby Show."
Many of those alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in nearly every case. But Pennsylvania law gives prosecutors up to 12 years for some sex crimes, with the clock running out on this case in January.
The former university employee settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.
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