Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting woman in 2004


For the first time since dozens of women have come forward with accusations, famed actor and comedian Bill Cosby is facing criminal sexual misconduct charges.

The Los Angeles Times reports Cosby, 78, was charged Wednesday with three counts of an aggravated assault incident in Pennsylvania, stemming from an accusation that dates back more than a decade.

The paper posted the criminal complaint as well. It accuses Cosby of inviting the woman to his home, having her take pills, then sexually assaulting her in early 2004.

A warrant has been issued for Cosby's arrest.

More than 50 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault or harassment, USA Today reported back in August, with allegations dating back at least to his time on "The Cosby Show."

Eden Tirl is one of those women.

The Minneapolis native told the Star Tribune in August that, during her brief stint on the beloved sitcom, Cosby touched her inappropriately, called her at home multiple times, and tried to get her to come home with him.

She was 22 at the time.

In October, she appeared on NBC's "Dateline" with 26 other accusers.

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Cosby has denied all of the claims, and earlier this month sued seven of the accusers for defamation, CNN reported.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network says about 293,000 American are sexually assaulted every year. About 44 percent are under the age of 18.

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted can call the National Sexual Assault telephone hotline at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), or through the online hotline.

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