Bill Cosby’s legal team is seeking to hire a high-profile Philadelphia-area lawyer as prosecutors are said to be reviewing a 2005 sexual assault complaint against him. Over 40 women have come out in recent months accusing the comedian of sexual assault and rape decades ago.
Cosby's agents had contacted lawyer Edwin Jacobs in the past few days about a pending investigation in Montgomery County, the lawyer said late Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Jacobs, who represented Cosby in a review of another accuser's complaint in New Jersey, reportedly said that he referred Cosby's team to another Philadelphia-area lawyer.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reportedly did not confirm that her office is reinvestigating the complaint by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but said "prosecutors have a responsibility to review past conclusions ... when current information might lead to a different decision."
Constand claimed that in January 2004 Cosby sexually assaulted her at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. After she filed a lawsuit in 2005, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr. publicly said that the case against Cosby was "weak," and decided not to press criminal charges against the 78-year-old.
In a 2005 deposition released in July, Cosby admitted under oath that he gave Quaaludes to Constand.
The 42-year-old Constand’s lawyer reportedly said that his client is willing to fully cooperate with prosecutors.
"I think she's a very strong lady," attorney, Dolores M. Troiani, told People magazine. "She'll do whatever she needs to do, whatever they ask of her."
In July, 35 of Cosby’s accusers appeared together on the cover of New York Magazine. The issue -- "Cosby: The Women, An Unwelcome Sisterhood" -- focused on the stories of the victims.