By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Pennsylvania prosecutor is denying claims by Bill Cosby’s lawyers that criminal charges filed against him violate a pledge that Cosby wouldn’t be charged over a 2004 sexual encounter.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says in a statement Tuesday he isn’t surprised by the motion but he says it has no merit.

Cosby’s defense team on Monday said a “non-prosecution” agreement led Cosby to testify in a related civil lawsuit without invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

Steele filed felony sexual-assault charges against Cosby last month in part because of statements the star made in that deposition.

The defense lawyers accuse the newly elected prosecutor of playing politics with the case to win election.

Their court filings did not include any written agreement not to charge Cosby.

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