MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA - Comedian Bill Cosby will end the year 2015 with a bang.....a legal bang, that is.
In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the 80's icon has been charged with a second degree felony: aggravated indecent assault. The charges stem from a woman's accusation Cosby drugged and abused her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, which is within the statute of limitations.
Cosby's image has gone from beloved father figure to accused predator as more than 40 women have publicly accused him of assaulting them over the past four decades. Attorney Gloria Allred represents 29 of the accusers. "Unfortunately, it is too late for their allegations to be the subject of a criminal prosecution."
The 78-year-old Cosby has denied every sexual misconduct allegation. He's even counter-sued some of his accusers. But, this charge marks the first time he has actually faced criminal charges.
The backlash from all the allegations has been extensive. Reruns of Cosby's TV shows have been pulled from syndication and more than a dozen colleges and universities have rescinded his honorary degrees.
Cosby is free on bail set at one million dollars and will face felony charges in court during the coming year. But it seems he's already been tried in the court of public opinion.