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Bill Cosby Mug Shot Released

A prosecutor in Pennsylvania announced criminal charges against the comedian on Wednesday.

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania released Bill Cosby's mug shot Wednesday. 

The disgraced comedian turned himself in to face a charge of aggravated indecent assault for an alleged predatory encounter with a woman in his mansion near Philadelphia in 2004. 

Andrea Constand, who was the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team at the time of the alleged attack, claimed that she'd been invited to Cosby's home to discuss her career. But after arriving, Cosby plied her with a powerful pill and wine that incapacitated her, according to Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele. Cosby proceeded to allegedly grope and digitally penetrate her, Steele said. 

A previous district attorney, Bruce Castor Jr., declined to press charges, saying that there were inconsistencies in Constand's claims. Steele, however, said new evidence backed up Constand's account. 

The charges were announced only days before the 12-year statute of limitations would have shielded Cosby from prosecution. 

More than 50 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual
misconduct, but Constand was one of the first to sound the alarm.

While Cosby has denied the allegations from other accusers, he’s stayed
quiet about Constand because their 2006 civil settlement precludes either
from discussing the case.

Cosby's defense attorney did not respond to HuffPost’s inquiries about
the criminal charges.

Read more on the case against Cosby here.

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