This story has been updated and edited for clarity since it last published on May 3, 2015, to note the criminal charge filed in late December 2015 against Bill Cosby alleging sexual assault. The story includes a summary of accusations by some of at least 50 women who have accused Cosby of a variety of misdeeds from the 1960s to more recent years. Cosby has denied wrongdoing, but in a deposition, released in July 2015, Cosby said he did have extramarital relationships and gave prescription sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with. He says the sex and drug-taking were always consensual.
(CNN)The news that prosecutors have charged Bill Cosby with sexual assault further dismantles his image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations.