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Bill Cosby Appears in Court as Lawyers Fight to Get Sexual Assault Case Thrown Out

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) arrives for a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania February 2, 2016. (Mark Makela/Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 01:58 PM

Bill Cosby arrived in court in Pennsylvania Tuesday with his lawyers reportedly prepared to ask a judge to throw out the sexual assault charges against the comedian.

The entertainer's attorneys claim that the former district attorney made a deal not to prosecute Cosby on charges related to the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has accused Cosby of "drugging and violating her," The Associated Press reported.

Former Montgomery County district attorney Bruce Castor testified Tuesday morning during a pre-trial hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, that he did not believe he could move forward with a criminal case against Cosby a decade ago, but felt a deal that removed the possibility of prosecution would free him up to testify in a civil suit, resulting in damages for the victim.

And that's exactly what happened in 2006.

"I made the final determination as the sovereign and not Bruce Castor D.A.," Castor said in court, according to Deadline.com. "I am the sovereign of Montgomery County, as the sovereign I determined we would not prosecute Mr. Cosby and that would then set off chain of events would gain some justice for Ms. Andrea Constand."

"Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted at all, ever," he continued. "Once the possibility for all time of being prosecuted is removed the ability to take the Fifth Amendment for all time is also removed."

But current Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele says that, to prove a deal was made, Cosby would have to have an immunity agreement in writing, according the the AP. 

Cosby, who has been hit with dozens of assault allegations over the last year, could face up to 10 years in prison if he's found guilty of assaulting Constand.

A federal judge unsealed parts of Cosby's deposition in connection with that case last summer, and it was revealed that he admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with, CNN reported. The comedian insists the sexual contact with Constand was consensual.

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