Bill Cosby’s Lawyers File to Dismiss Criminal Charge
Bill Cosby’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss an indecent assault charge amid allegations a prosecutor broke a promise not to press charges over the embattled comedian’s 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand. The Cosby Show star has been fighting off decades-old accusations from more than 50 women, who have come forward with claims of inappropriate behavior, drugging and rape against the actor.
Among them is former Temple University employee Constand, who filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby in 2005, accusing the funnyman of attacking her at his mansion in Pennsylvania in 2004. She eventually settled with Cosby in 2006, but his deposition was made public in July, and in the documents, the 78-year-old confessed to obtaining sedatives called Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. Pennsylvania authorities reopened the criminal investigation into her claims, and in late December, Cosby was arrested and charged with aggravated indecent assault stemming from Constand’s allegations. He turned himself in to police and was arraigned in a Montgomery County courthouse before being released on $1 million bail. While Cosby awaits a preliminary hearing in the case on Thursday, his defense team filed a motion in Philadelphia on Monday, arguing the prosecutor filed the new sexual assault charge against Cosby partly because of the statements he made in that deposition. His lawyers say the agreement not to file charges prompted Cosby to testify without invoking his Fifth Amendment rights. Cosby’s team is asking for Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele’s office to be removed from the case if the charge is not dropped.