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Bill Cosby charged with aggravated indecent assault

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(CNN) — Bill Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. The charge is a felony.

The charge stems from 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.

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 as new evidence was unsealed in the woman’s related civil case and dozens of women came forward with similar accusations.