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Prosecutor: No merit to Cosby's claims of previous agreement

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 13, 2016 2:28 AM
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Photo by Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney via AP

This booking photograph released by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office shows Bill Cosby, who was arrested and charged Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in district court in Elkins Park, Pa., with aggravated indecent assault.

(Philadelphia)  -- A Montgomery County prosecutor is denying claims by Bill Cosby's lawyers that criminal charges filed against him violate a pledge that Cosby wouldn't be charged over a 2004 sexual encounter. 

County District Attorney Kevin Steele says in a statement he isn't surprised by the motion but he says it has no merit. 

Cosby's defense team on Monday said a  "non-prosecution'' agreement led Cosby to testify in a related civil lawsuit without invoking his Fifth Amendment rights. 

Steele filed felony sexual-assault charges against Cosby last month in part because of statements the star made in that deposition. 

The defense lawyers accuse the newly elected prosecutor of playing politics with the case to win election. 

Their court filings did not include any written agreement not to charge Cosby. 

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