A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, judge ruled Monday that Bill Cosby’s deposition in his sexual assault accuser’s long-settled civil lawsuit against him can be used as evidence in his upcoming criminal trial.
Cosby’s attorneys argued in November that the judge should not allow the deposition to be used in the criminal case because, they claimed, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. promised not to prosecute the 79-year-old Cosby in exchange for his cooperation with Andrea Constand‘s lawsuit.
In the deposition for Constand’s suit, conducted over four days in 2005 and 2006, Cosby admitted to having sex with teens and offering Quaaludes to women with whom he wanted to have sex.The deposition became public in July 2015, prompting Castor’s successors at the DA’s office to quietly re-open Constand’s case, and they were key in the decision to charge the comedian last December. (Constand’s suit was settled in 2006.)
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