Arrest warrant issued for Bill Cosby in connection with 2004 drugging and rape of former university employee

The formal announcement of the charges will be made at a 10 a.m. EST press conference

Published December 30, 2015 3:15PM (EST)

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Just as the statute of limitations was about to expire, the Montgomery Country District Attorney's Office announced at a 10 a.m. press conference that it is issuing an arrest warrant for Bill Cosby in connection with the 2004 drugging and rape of a Temple University employee.

Through her attorney, Andrea Constand told People that she "appreciate[d] the expression of confidence in her" and her belief that her sexual encounter with the comedian in 2004 was non-consensual.

However, her optimism wasn't without reservation. "We'll have to see what happens," her attorney said. "We hope justice will be done. We will cooperate fully."

At the press conference, First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said that Cosby provided Constand with "pills and wine," effectively incapacitating her, as she "was unable to move or respond."

"A person in that state cannot give consent."

"Reopening this case was not a question," he added. "It was our duty."

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