*A lawyer for Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of the felony sexual assault charge filed against Bill Cosby Wednesday morning, is praising the prosecutor who decided to reopen the 2004 case once new evidence came to light.
Dolores Troiani says Andrea Constand appreciates the consideration and courtesy that investigators have shown, reports the AP. Troiani also says she and her client “have the utmost confidence” in the law enforcement team now handling the case. She says she otherwise will not comment on the criminal case.
Cosby is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on one count of aggravated indecent assault.
The 78-year-old comedian has said under oath that he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.
Prosecutors say he urged the former Temple University employee to take pills he had and to drink wine. Kevin Steele, Montgomery County’s first assistant district attorney, says the woman was paralyzed and unable to respond to his advances — and that Cosby committed aggravated indecent assault.
Steele says recently released excerpts from Cosby’s deposition in a civil lawsuit led to the renewed investigation.
Steele says that after seeing the deposition material “reopening this case was not a question, rather it was our duty.”