*Bill Cosby is fighting mad at the Montgomery County, PA. district attorney who he says violated a promise made to the entertainer that he would never be prosecuted in connection to Andrea Constand’s sexual assault case
TMZ reports that Cosby’s lawyers have filed a motion to have the D.A., Kevin Steele, removed from the case and the charges against him (Cosby) dismissed. The lawyers state that an explicit agreement was made in 2005 when the case against Cosby was initially rejected. With the agreement and the rejection of Constand’s case, Cosby was led to believe that the legal battle was over and done with.
The TV icon’s lawyers go on cite that reason for being why Cosby sat for depositions in 2005 and 2006. According to lawyers, their client was under the impression that, based on there being no chance a criminal case would be filed, there was no need to assert the fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.
With Steele filing charges against Cosby, the lawyers say the D.A. intentionally violated the clear agreement that was made. Adding to the situation is the fact that Steele made Cosby’s case an issue in his campaign as he announced that charges against the comedian would be announced before he was sworn in.
As Cosby fights to get Steele removed, he has yet another honor taken away.
According to the Associated Press, George Washington University plans on rescinding the honorary degree it awarded the funnyman in 1997. With the action, GWU becomes the latest school to strip Cosby of an honorary degree. About 23 out of some 60 schools have rescinded honorary degrees given to Cosby, USA Today reports.
The school, which announced its decision Monday, referenced concern about survivors of sexual assault as its reason for stripping Cosby of the honor. Speaking on the decision via a statement, GWU president Steven Knapp mentioned that that the controversy over the degree “has become a cause of renewed distress for our students and alumni who are survivors of sexual assault.”
The move contrasts the stand GWU took last fall when it said that honorary degrees were awarded at a moment in time. The school added during that time that it never took the degrees back based on information that came to light later.