Cosby Lawyers Want Case Thrown Out
Bill Cosby arrived at court Tuesday to try to get the sexual assault charges against him thrown out because of what his lawyers say was a binding commitment by a previous district attorney not to prosecute him a decade ago.
The current district attorney has said he has no record of such an agreement.
Cosby, 78, emerged from a black SUV just before 9 a.m., dressed in a tan suit and tie. Two men held his arms for support as he walked up a ramp to the Montgomery County Courthouse, and one carried Cosby’s cane. The comedian chatted with his handlers while ignoring reporters’ questions.
Former Temple University employee Andrea Constand is accusing Cosby of drugging and violating her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
She is one of dozens of women who claim Cosby assaulted them at some point. Constand’s case is the only case which he has been charged.
Cosby’s lawyers contend that he had a deal with then-District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. in 2005 that he wouldn’t be prosecuted and that he could testify freely in Constand’s civil lawsuit. Castor said at the time that there was insufficient evidence to charge Cosby.
Damaging testimony from that lawsuit was released last summer, prompting Castor’s successors to reopen the case and ultimately charge Cosby. He could get 10 years in prison if convicted.
Cosby admitted in the deposition that he had affairs with young models and actresses, that he obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with and that he gave Constand three pills at his home. He said he reached into her pants in what he insisted was consensual contact.
According to District Attorney Kevin Steele who is pursuing the case, Cosby would need an immunity agreement in writing to get the case thrown out. He said he has not evidence one exists.
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