Entertainer Bill Cosby is once again trying to delay a hearing,
now set for May 24
, in his ongoing effort to get a
criminal sexual assault case
against him dropped, new court filings show.
His attorneys have filed an emergency stay asking Pennsylvania’s Superior Court to review
last week’s decision
by a mid-level court that allowed the case to go forward.
His attorneys argue that in 2005, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. promised Cosby immunity from prosecution in exchange for a deposition he gave for a civil suit against him. (In that deposition,
Cosby admitted to giving quaaludes to a woman he wanted to have sex with
“If this court does not stay those proceedings, Mr. Cosby’s fundamental due process right not to be prosecuted and not to be subject to the criminal proceedings will be irreparably lost,” the filing states. “Mr. Cosby therefore files this application on an emergency basis.”
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Current Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who has charged Cosby with aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand in 2004, did not have an immediate comment.
After last week’s decision Steele issued a statement saying, “We did not believe that the defense had a right to appeal at this stage, and we are gratified that the Court came to the same conclusion.”
More than 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them. Cosby and his representatives have steadfastly denied all allegations.