Bruce Castor and That Infamous Press Release
Note: This column first appeared on the website The Daily Beast on June 30, 2021.
It started with a press release.
On Feb. 17, 2005, I was sitting at my desk at the Philadelphia Daily News wrapping up my work for the day when I got a fax from the office of Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr.
It was no ordinary press blast. Instead, Castor was announcing that he would not be prosecuting Bill Cosby for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.
The fax was timestamped 5:45 p.m.—I still have it—and it was shocking for a number of reasons.
Nearly a dozen other women had come forward already—the number would swell in the years to come—saying Cosby had done the same or similar things to them, which briefly led Constand’s attorneys to hope Castor was going to actually prosecute the disgraced comedian after all.