Cosby arrives for Day 2 of bid to get sex assault case thrown out

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby arrived in court Wednesday for Day Two of his bid to get the sexual assault case against him thrown out over an unwritten promise of immunity that a previous district attorney says he gave Cosby's now-dead lawyer a decade ago.

See Full Article

Supporters yelled "We love you, Bill!" as the 78-year-old comedian made his way slowly into the courthouse with assistants to either side of him. Cosby uses a cane, and his eyesight is said to be deteriorating.

Cosby, 78, was arrested and charged in December with drugging and violating former Temple University athletic department employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. He could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

On Tuesday, Judge Steven T. O'Neill puzzled over the testimony of former District Attorney Bruce Castor and peppered him with questions as Castor wrapped up hours of testimony as the star witness for the defence at the pre-trial hearing.

Castor testified that he believed Constand's story but found serious flaws in the case in 2005 and declined to bring charges. He said that as district attorney, he considered the decision final and binding "for all time" on his successors.

Castor suggested that Cosby and his then-lawyer, Walter Phillips, had the same understanding because the comic later agreed to testify without invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought against him by Constand.

"Cosby would've had to have been nuts to say those things if there was any chance he could've been prosecuted," Castor said, referring to the damaging testimony from a deposition unsealed last summer.

Phillips died last year.

Castor said that in ruling out any prosecution of Cosby, he hoped to prod the TV star to testify in the lawsuit. "I was hopeful that I had made Ms. Constand a millionaire," he said. Constand eventually settled for an undisclosed sum.

"If there was an agreement, why didn't you make that agreement in writing?" the judge asked Castor.

"It was unnecessary because I concluded there was no way the case would get any better," he said. He also said Cosby was afraid such an agreement would make him look bad.

Kevin Steele, the newly elected district attorney who is pursuing the case, has said Cosby would need an immunity agreement in writing to get the case thrown out.

The judge said he hoped to rule Wednesday on the request to dismiss the charges.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them since the 1960s, destroying his good-guy image as America's Dad. But the statute of limitations for prosecuting him has run out in nearly every instance. This is the only case in which he has been charged.

It was the unsealing of the testimony from Constand's lawsuit that prompted Castor's successors to reopen the case and ultimately charge Cosby.

Cosby admitted in the deposition 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 but insisted it was consensual.

Castor defended his decision not to bring charges, citing among other things Constand's yearlong delay in reporting the allegations, her continued contact with Cosby, and suggestions that she and her mother might have tried to extort the TV star.

Associated Press writers Michael R. Sisak and Errin Haines Whack contributed to this report.


Latest Entertainment News

  • SNL pokes fun at Canada with harassment sketch where everyone says 'sorry'

    Entertainment CTV News
    Saturday Night Live poked fun at Canadians this week with a sketch about a harassment scandal where everyone, including Montreal band Arcade Fire, says they're sorry. In addition to the musical guest, the sketch featured former SNL cast member Bill Hader, who played a fictional movie producer accused of being the "Canadian Harvey Weinstein. Source
  • 'Black Panther' tops box office for 5th straight weekend

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Not since "Avatar" has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of "Black Panther." Ryan Coogler's comic-book sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Cameron's 2009 smash to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. Source
  • Canadian standup comedian Mike MacDonald dies from heart complications

    Entertainment CTV News
    Mike MacDonald, a pioneer of the Canadian standup comedy scene, has died. The longtime comedian died on Saturday afternoon from heart complications at the Ottawa Heart Institute, his brother J.P. MacDonald said on Sunday. Source
  • Four shows to fill this year's 'Game of Thrones' void

    Entertainment CTV News
    While HBO executives teased the demise of multiple main characters in the final season of "Game of Thrones," and reports emerged of cast members tearing up while reading the scripts, the eighth season won't actually be hitting the small screen until April 2019. Source
  • 'Canadian Harvey Weinstein,' Arcade Fire, all 'sorry' in SNL sketch

    Entertainment CBC News
    Members of Montreal rock group Arcade Fire appeared in a Saturday Night Live sketch — all squeezing out a Canadian "sorry" as a nod to the #MeToo movement. They took turns apologizing for briefly working for a fictional movie producer dubbed the "Canadian Harvey Weinstein," in the skit that poked gentle fun at the Canadian talent for apologizing. Source
  • 'I'll always stand behind Hedley': Fan makes 1,500 paper hearts to show support

    Entertainment CTV News
    As Toronto police investigate Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard amid sexual misconduct allegations, a long-time fan helped make 1,500 paper hearts to hand out at a Winnipeg concert in support of the band. “A lot of people can’t live without their music,” Jen Laszchuk told CTV Winnipeg ahead of the Saturday show. Source
  • Barbra Streisand says she's 'never' had #MeToo moment

    Entertainment CBC News
    Barbra Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. During a tribute to Streisand's decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews. Source
  • Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Barbra Streisand says she's never suffered sexual harassment in her long career. Streisand made the comment when she was asked about the #MeToo movement during a tribute to her Saturday in Los Angeles. Source
  • Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years sober at show with DJ Khaled

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety at a concert in New York with tour mate DJ Khaled, whose powerful words brought the pop star to tears. Lovato performed Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, telling the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her. Source
  • Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years of sobriety at concert

    Entertainment CBC News
    Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety at a concert in New York with tour mate DJ Khaled, whose words brought the pop star to tears. Lovato performed Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, telling the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her. Source