Bill Cosby’s attorneys have filed a motion asking a court to dismiss sexual assault charges filed against Cosby in Montgomery County, Pa., on the grounds that prosecutors agreed he could never be prosecuted “with respect to the allegations of sexual assault made by complainant Andrea Constand,” Reuters reports.
His attorneys also asked the judge to disqualify District Attorney Kevin Steele because he made recent election campaign promises that he would work to charge Cosby if elected. His rival, the Reuters report notes, “made similar comments.”
The charges were brought on Dec. 30, 2015, days before the statute of limitations was set to expire. Although more than 50 women have accused the comedian of assault, the Constand case is the only one in which criminal charges have been brought against Cosby.
CNN reports that the charges “stem from accusations made by former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand in 2004. A probable cause affidavit filed by investigators alleges that Cosby ‘sought to incapacitate’ Constand by giving her a mix of pills and wine that sent her slipping in and out of consciousness and left her unable to consent to sexual activity.”
The CNN report quotes a statement released Monday by Cosby’s attorneys saying that the charges were “illegally, improperly and unethically brought by District Attorney Kevin Steele and his office.”