Prosecutor from 2005 Case Against Bill Cosby Would Consider Reopening Criminal Investigation

As Bill Cosby’s reputation as an entertainer and role model erodes more each day, the stakes grow higher in the multifaceted reevaluation of his legacy. The recent unveiling of a civil deposition detailing Cosby’s pursuit of drugs and extramarital affairs has done incalculable damage to his public image, raising the possibility that previous criminal allegations against the fallen star might be reviewed at some point in the future.

Bruce L. Castor Jr., former District Attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, handled a criminal investigation of Cosby in 2005 stemming from allegations that the famous comedian sexually assaulted a Temple University basketball official. The Washington Post noted that Castor did not file formal charges against Cosby at the time but upon reviewing newly revealed documents from a civil suit involving the star, the former DA says he would now consider moving ahead with criminal charges.

As previously reported by Inquisitr, the bombastic revelations contained in Cosby’s 62-page deposition from the 2005 civil suit include admissions by Cosby that he pursued numerous women for extramarital affairs and paid out “hush money” to keep some individuals from discussing their involvements with him. The entertainer also admitted to providing drugs to women—including Benadryl and Quaaludes—during sexual encounters but remained adamant that all such contact was consensual. The deposition was released to the public following a court action brought by the Associated Press.

Castor, who is seeking reelection to his former post, said he would have Cosby arrested if he could prove that Cosby perjured himself during the course of the 2005 criminal investigation. He did note, however, that proving a 10-year-old sexual assault case against Cosby would be extremely difficult.

“You have to independently prove that a crime occurred. We could never get over the initial hurdle,” Castor said in comments published by The Washington Post.

Castor currently holds office as a County Commissioner in Montgomery County and could potentially garner positive press coverage and votes in the race for DA by playing off the current controversy surrounding Cosby. But with over two dozen women now maintaining they were victims of sexual misconduct by the celebrity, it’s surely just a matter of time before a police official or prosecutor gathers enough testimony and evidence to bring formal charges against Bill Cosby, moving the matter from the court of public opinion into a court of law.

[Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images]