Prosecutors in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania have brought criminal charges against celebrity Bill Cosby.
Cosby, an American comedian, is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
The case deals with a former Temple University employee who told police that Cosby drugged and violated her at his home near Philadelphia.
It marks the first criminal case involving Cosby, after many years of accusations. If he is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
An arrest warrant for the 78-year-old Cosby has been issued.
More than 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging them, and in most cases, sexually assaulting them. Cosby has long denied the accusations.
Many of the incidents happened several decades ago, and the statute of limitations has already passed. A statute of limitations is a law that prevents a suspect from being tried after a certain amount of time has passed.
The statute of limitations in the Pennsylvania case was to expire in January 2016.
Bill Cosby is best known for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the father in the long-running American television program, "The Cosby Show."
The charges have shocked Cosby's fans and damaged his reputation as an entertainer.
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1.celebrity n. 名人；名声
In 1944, at the age of 30, Hersey suddenly became a celebrity.
2.statute of limitation 法定时效；时效法
The World Anti-Doping Agency ( WADA ) has an eight year statute of limitation for doping offences.
世界反兴奋剂机构 ( WADA ) 对使用兴奋剂有八年的禁赛规定 。
3.expire vi. 期满；终止；死亡；呼气 vt. 呼出（空气）
He had lived illegally in the United States for five years after his visitor's visa expired.
4.long-running adj. 长期上演的；连续上演很长时间的
He was best-known for his role in the long-running television series.
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