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Woman's lawyer disputes former DA's account of Cosby case

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016 3:43 PM
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(Norristown) -- A lawyer for the woman accusing Bill Cosby of a 2004 sex assault is challenging a former district attorney's account of how that case was handled.

Dolores Troiani says she wasn't told former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor struck a deal with Cosby's lawyers to never criminally charge the comedian. 

Cosby was charged Dec. 30 with drugging and violating former Temple University employee Andrea Constand more than a decade ago.

Those charges are based on a newly released deposition from Constand's lawsuit.

Castor has contended Constand's lawyers wanted the agreement so Cosby would be free to testify in her lawsuit.

Troiani says she never told anyone about the lawsuit, which was filed weeks after Castor decided not to prosecute Cosby.

An earlier story is below:

Bill Cosby's top lawyer says he thought criminal charges were off the table when he let the comedian testify in a lawsuit over a Pennsylvania woman's claim he sexually assaulted her.

Lawyer John Schmitt said Wednesday he usually gets legal agreements in writing but this time relied on a prosecutor's press release.

A judge must decide if Cosby had a valid promise that he wouldn't be charged over the 2004 encounter.

The current prosecutor has charged Cosby with indecent assault based on a newly released deposition from the accuser's lawsuit. Schmitt acknowledges Cosby never invoked his Fifth Amendment right over four days of questioning.

District Attorney Kevin Steele hopes to show that Cosby had a pattern of drugging and molesting women.

The defense wants a judge to dismiss the charges.

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