Scandal-plagued comedian’s image is used by candidate who claims he’s tough on “sexual predators”
Bill Cosby has found an unlikely new role: As a (probably unwitting and unwilling) participant in a political attack ad.
Cosby, who currently faces sexual assault or rape allegations from dozens of women, pops up in the 30-second spot for Democrat Kevin Steele, who’s running against Republican Bruce Castor for the position of district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
In the ad, Steele takes Castor — who served as district attorney from January 2000 to January 2008 — to task for not prosecuting Cosby during his tenure in office.
“Bruce Castor, a former DA, refused to prosecute
The ad is apparently referencing the case of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted her. Constand sued Cosby, settling the suit in 2006.
“Many more victims came forward and Castor admitted he could have used their testimony against Cosby, but Castor didn’t even try,” the voiceover continued, concluding, “Bruce Castor was not looking out for the victims.”
After the ad hit the airwaves, Castor slammed the spot, saying that Steele — currently the first assistant district attorney in the suburban Philadelphia community — would have been responsible for prosecuting Cosby.
“[A]ny additional evidence came to light years after I left the DA’s Office, though Mr. Steele was and is still empowered to arrest and prosecute Cosby,” Castor wrote in a Facebook post. “Why has he not done so, if there is all this new evidence? How was I to look YEARS into the future and divine the uncovering of additional evidence?”
Watch the ad below.