Bill Cosby in court bid to get sex case thrown out
Bill Cosby appeared in a US court yesterday in a bid to try to get a sexual assault case against him thrown out.
Cosby (78) and his lawyers claim to have been given a binding commitment by a previous district attorney not to prosecute him a decade ago.
Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University athletics employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
Cosby's lawyers contend he had a deal with then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor Jnr in 2005 that he wouldn't be prosecuted.
Mr Castor said at the time that there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr Cosby. Mr Castor has insisted he worked out an oral "non-prosecution" agreement in 2005 with Walter Phillips Jnr, a Cosby lawyer. He said that he found serious flaws in the case in 2005 and declined to bring charges. He said that he made the decision as a representative of the state - as "the sovereign," as he put it, over and over - and that it would last in perpetuity.
"For all time, yes," Mr Castor said when pressed on the point.
Kevin Steele, the current District Attorney, has said Mr Cosby would need an immunity agreement in writing to get the case thrown out. He has said he has no evidence one exists.
Dozens of women have come forward to accuse Mr Cosby of sexual assault since the 1960s. Mr Cosby had repeatedly denied wrongdoing.