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Leaked Email May Scuttle Cosby Prosecution

PHILADELPHIA (CelebrityAccess) — A leaked email may have dealt a serious blow to the pursuit of criminal charges against comedian Bill Cosby.

Last month, Cosby was charged in Pennsylvania with three counts of felony aggravated assault for allegedly raping former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. A major piece of evidence in the prosecution was a 2005 deposition made by Cosby in which he discussed his romantic interest in the alleged victim; his use of powerful sedatives as a seduction tool; and his history of extramartial affairs with young women.

However, the use of the deposition as evidence is now at risk for the prosecution based on an email written by former Montgomery County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Bruce Castor. In the email, Castor details a verbal agreement with Cosby's attorneys made at the time of the deposition, stating that the deposition would not be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution.

"I can see no possibility that Cosby's deposition could be used in a state criminal case, because I would have to testify as to what happened, and the deposition would be subject to suppression," Castor said in the email, which he wrote three months before charges were brought against Cosby.

Castor has been called as a defense witness in the case at a Feb. 2nd hearing to determine if the case will be thrown out. – Staff Writers