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back at 11:00 after the live $300 million powerball drawing here on channel 7. bill. >> i won't forget it at all. see you then. thank you . that's it for us for now. thank you for watching. i'm bill ritter. world news we have several breaking stories tonight. for the first time, bill cosby criminally charged. >> mr. cosby, how do you respond to the charges? >> our reporter, right there, as cosby stumbles on his way into the courtroom. tonight, charged with assault. authorities on what it was about this case, this woman, that led to criminal charges. also tonight, the weather emergency unfolding at this hour. drivers trapped, families rescued from rooftops. alerts across 19 states. and the new concern, the system on new year's eve. breaking developments from mexico tonight. the texas teenager. and we've just learned now his mother, too, both suddenly getting a reprieve. allowed to stay in mexico.
the plane crash. authorities say the husband who flew his plane into his wife's office building. the fbi now on the scene. and tonight, where they've just canceled new year's celebrations, because of a terror threat. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with bill cosby. america has been watching his stunning fall in slow motion, and tonight, a turning point. for the first time, criminal charges for sexual assault. stepping out of that suv today, his legal team holding onto each arm. as he then makes his way into a small courtroom in pennsylvania. unsteady on his feet as he walks over the curb here, on his way into the courtroom. going before the judge, later taken to the police department, fingerprinted and tonight, free on $1 million bail. this evening, we are learning more about the woman behind the charges, and what she says happened. and why this time, there were
courtroom. >> reporter: tonight, a frail bill cosby walking into a criminal court for the first time. the once venerated comedian appearing before a pennsylvania judge to face a charge of aggravated indecent assault of this woman -- andrea constand. >> these charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004. at mr. cosby's home in cheltenham township, montgomery county. >> reporter: cosby met constand through her job with the temple university basketball team. court documents say he gave her three blue pills he claimed were "herbal", saying they would "make her feel good and take the edge off", calling them "three friends to help her relax" and asked her to "taste the wine." within minutes, "she began experiencing blurred vision and difficulty speaking." cosby, then telling her to lie down, according to the criminal complaint, and assaulted her while she remained "frozen" and "paralyzed." criminal charges were not filed at the time.
suit against cosby. but that ended in a confidential settlement. depositions from that case were unsealed this past july. there, cosby insists the pills were "benadryl" describing the encounter with constand as "consensual." still, it was those depositions that led prosecutors to now file criminal charges. >> reopening this case was our duty. >> reporter: authorities in pennsylvania brought the felony charge today, as the 12-year statute of limitations will run out next month. lawyers for other accusers hope this will help their cases, as well. more than 50 women have accused bill cosby of sexual assault, drugging, or rape which he has consistently denied. >> this is a stunning development. clearly now, they believe they have new evidence and new ammunition that they think can convict bill cosby. >> reporter: cosby was released on $1 million bail. his mug shot was taken. he was fingerprinted. had to surrender his passport and was ordered not to contact the victim.
releasing a statement to abc news, saying "make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge." >> and ryan smith is now with us live from pennsylvania. ryan, you were inside that courtroom, that final message from the judge? >> reporter: that final message, david, good luck, sir, and cosby answered that question, "thank you." his next court appearance, david, january 14th. tonight. ryan, thank you. and as you heard ryan mention there, more than 50 women have now come forward, accusing bill cosby of sexual assault. and even though the statute of limitations has passed in many of their cases, this does open the door for something else. one attorney calling what happened today the best christmas present they ever received. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, a host of women who claim to have been assaulted by bill cosby, even decades ago, may suddenly feel vindicated. >> now, it's time for him to be sorry. >> reporter: it was andrea
other women to come forward to her attorneys with their own allegations of sexual assault, offering to testify on her behalf. now prosecutors could turn to those accusers to strengthen their criminal case. since their cases were never prosecuted, pennsylvania law allows them to testify as witnesses in a sexual assault case. in a deposition for constand's case, when cosby was asked if he used quaaludes to illusive con senseual sex in the past, he said yes. at this point, more than 50 women have come forward accusing cosby of sexual assault, drugging or rape. the 78-year-old has long denied the allegations. >> i have been in this business 52 years, and i have never seen anything like this. >> reporter: when the embattled comedian sat down with us back in may, he would not discuss the allegations directly. >> and i -- i can't speak. >> reporter: earlier this month, the man once regarded as america's favorite dad fought back, filing a countersuit
who had filed defamation suits against him. >> we are now taking steps in order to right a wrong. >> reporter: the statute of limitations for pressing criminal charges has expired for most of the accusers, but several civil suits are in the works. >> seeing him criminally charged, having to face a trial, is the best christmas present that they have ever received. >> reporter: this philadelphia hotel is where cosby was deposed in the constand case. several of his alleged victims are saying today, they are hopeful the prosecutors can use that case to put cosby behind bars. david? >> linziesey davis on this case from the start. thank you. now, to the weather emergency unfolding tonight, with new year's eve almost here. families trapped on top of their homes, drivers caught in their cars. 19 states now under flood watches and warnings tonight, and look at this. this is interstate 44 outside st. louis, disappearing right there in the middle under the water. meteorologist rob marciano with the dramatic rescues tonight,
watching for new year's. >> reporter: tonight, already swollen missouri rivers still rising. news helicopters catching dramatic rescues. first responders using a ladder truck to rescue this man from high water. the man on that roof with his dog told rescuers he'd been there all night. hundreds of homes evacuated. federal officials watching at least 19 major levees for possible breaches. more than 200 state roads shut down for miles. >> it's pretty unreal. this is supposed to be two major highways. >> reporter: interstate 44, a major artery. carry 1ging 100,000 cars a day. entire towns like sherman cut off. >> this is the first time in 77 years this has ever happened according to my grandmother. >> reporter: the flooding already blamed for at least 20 deaths in missouri and you'll aisle alone. most killed in their cars, driving on flooded roadways. 20,000 without water after flood waters overpowered this treatment plant. you're going to be without water for how long? >> i have a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old baby.
>> reporter: missouri's national guard called up. here, manning the sandbags. >> and rob with us now from valley park, missouri, tonight. and rob, you told me, the water is still rising tonight? >> reporter: yeah, and rising quickly. this is the merry mack river. it's almost up to the traffic lights. will continue to rise and crest later on tonight. one of many large rivers that feeding into the mississippi. we have the missouri, the ohio, the arkansas. all have to drain, so, we're going to see flooding issues up and down the mississippi for the next couple weeks, david. >> meantime, rob, you are tracking that rain through new year's eve. and the cold temperatures on the way. >> reporter: yeah, the southeast has been getting hammered with heavier rain. we have flood watches and warnings there from the florida panhandle all the way up to virginia. so, more rain expected the next 12 hours. tapering off tomorrow night. rest of the country really for new year's eve looks to be dry. look at the temperatures around midnight. 40 in new york, below freezing, though, in detroit, to st. louis, to the north and west, where it will be chilly across the intermountain west. here in st. louis, it will be cold, but the good news is, in
first week of the new year. >> that is good news. rob marciano in missouri for us again tonight. rob, thank you. now, to the breaking developments involving the teenager on the run, with his mother, found in mexico. and tonight, word coming in now that not only the teen, but now his mother, also being allowed to stay in mexico, at least for now. and the new video seen first here on abc news of ethan couch, his hair dyed black, in a local market, shortly before he and miss mother were caught. abc's matt gutman in mexico tonight, on the call to domino's pizza that led authorities straight to them. >> reporter: tonight, another legal reprieve for ethan couch and his mother. a mexican court staying his deportation to face a texas judge for alleged probation violations. the teen fugitive and his mother hiring lawyers here that have managed to keep them in this detention center for at least another three days. >> they could pay them as much money as they want to, to drag this thing out as long as they want to. >> reporter: couch's american legal team infamously invoking
sentencing for a drunk drive, crash that killed four. saying he was too spoiled to know right from wrong. it seemed to work. he not ten years probation. couch faces four months for allegedly violating probation now authorities also targeting his mother. >> the case we're filing against her for assisting him and hindering an apprehension in texas is a felony punishable by two to ten years in the penitentiary. >> reporter: exclusive video shows the affluent family strolling into at a low end grocer on the seedier side of puerto vallarta. the 48-year-old tonya, on saturday, in that tank top, chatting with the butcher. and, there's ethan. his blond hair and goatee dyed black. casually talking with the butcher. paying with pesos for chicken and casually flipping his hand up to wave good-bye. two hours later, mexican police would swoop in you see him
cruiser. authorities saying an order to dominos pizza tipped them off to their location. we're told that inmates here sleep on mats on the floor. mexican authorities are telling us, these immigration proceedings could keep him here for weeks. david? >> matt gutman on the scene in mexico, thank you, matt. and matt will take us inside the case. a special one-hour edition of "20/20," friday night, right here, 10:00 eastern/9:00 central. in the meantime tonight, we turn to the race for 2016. donald trump and his new assault on the clintons, saying hillary clinton has a major problem, adding, it's right to in her own home. trump saying former president clinton is fair game. but there are many pointing to what trump has said about that in the past. abc's cecilia vega on the campaign, every step of the way. >> reporter: tonight, there's just one word to describe it. >> we view this as war. don't we view this as war? >> reporter: in donald trump's direct line of fire? >> hillary is a disaster. hillary doesn't have a clue. she has lower energy than jeb bush. i just have to turn off the television. so many times. she gives me a headache.
front-runner who once called former president bill clinton's infidelity "totally unimportant" -- >> they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. >> reporter: now hurling his harshest words yet -- >> and she wants to accuse me of things, and the husband is one of the great abusers of the world? give me a break. >> reporter: this heated battle reaching fever pitch. today, in south carolina, trump supporters showing up by the thousands. last night, trump opening up his private plane, trump force one -- >> watching the ceiling, please. >> reporter: but the twice divorced billionaire opening up his own private life to scrutiny too. >> are your own personal indiscretions fair game? >> yes, they would be. >> reporter: tonight, the clintons not commenting. but how far this former group of friends has fallen. trump writing back in 2008, "i know hillary, she'd make a great president of vice president." but now, in an election year, this -- >> i love the concept, love, love, love having a woman president.
she's horrible. she's horrible. >> reporter: and bill clinton hits the trail on monday. his first solo trip for his wife. trump will be just 20 miles away on the very same date, david. this may be just the beginning of this feud. >> cecilia vega with us tonight. cecilia, thank you. there is another headline we're following on the campaign trail. a deadly crash involving four secret service agents, assigned to keep candidates safe. in this case, assigned to a clinton rally. abc's linzie janis is in new hampshire. >> reporter: this is what's left of the ford taurus that was carrying four secret service agents, on duty protecting hillary clinton. the agents, two men and women, were driving down this new hampshire highway during a snowstorm last night, when the driver of a vehicle in the oncoming lane crossed over double yellow lines, hitting them. this is a head-on collision? >> that's correct, yeah. both vehicles collided with each
>> reporter: all the victims, including those four agents, had to be cut out of their vehicles. the driver of the car that caused the crash, 45-year-old bruce danforth, died on the scene. police say danforth, who has previous arrests for drugs, was driving on a suspended license. today, hillary clip on the giving her condolences, saying she's grateful every day for the secret service. david, this is where the accident happened. three of those agents have already been released from a local hospital. one remains in a boston area hospital tonight. david? >> linzie janis in new hampshire. thank you, linzie. overseas tonight, belgium on alert. threats of a possible terror attack forcing authorities to cancel new year's eve fireworks in brussels. the decision today following the arrest of two terror suspects accused of plotting to attack police, soldiers and huge crowds celebrating the holidays. authorities saying the plan may have been inspired by isis. meantime, back here at home tonight, the countdown to new year's eve is on.
york city's sometimes s times square. abc's gio benitez tonight on the unprecedented security there. >> reporter: with just over 24 hours until the big night, security tightening ahead of new year's eve celebrations across the nation. following worldwide threats by isis and other terror groups. in new york city, an estimated 1 million revelers expected to pack into about 20 blocks in and around times square. >> we are not aware of any threat at this time that we deem credible. >> reporter: but they aren't taking any chances. the nypd deploying 6,000 heavily armed officers throughout times square, more than ever before. and the police presence won't just be down there in times square. the nypd will have helicopters in the air and officers on rooftops monitoring the festivities below. about 20,000 smartphones were handed out to officers this year, so they can share information quickly about potential threats, helping keep everyone here safe. and david, with these security
new york city, on new year's eve, will be the safest place in the world. david? >> gio, thank you so much. and join ryan seacrest and the team right here on abc's "new years rockin' eve" beginning at 8:00 eastern/7:00 central. i'll be watching. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight." the fbi on the scene tonight of a fiery plane crash, straight into a downtown building. the husband who flew his plane into his wife's office building and then hitting another building, as well. authorities on the scene. we'll have much more in a moment. the headline just coming in. the passenger plane making an emergency landing, flying into heavy turbulence. nearly two dozen hurt. and then, the show-stopping moment. a famous singer, about to be honored by someone else famous. aretha franklin, who shows up and brings down the house.
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and she was about to sing one of king's most famous songs. looking out on the morning rain i used to feel >> reporter: the president and the first lady iowa monge those moved. an overwhelmed carole king. you make me feel >> reporter: and aretha franklin hadn't even started. >> reporter: everyone in that crowd, viola davis among them, on their feet. thank you for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir.