A 23-year-old political grudge was behind the decision to allow the criminal case against Bill Cosby to go to trial, Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former prosecutor who declined to initially press charges against the disgraced entertainer, has alleged in a recent podcast.

The onetime district attorney of Montgomery County told Philadelphia attorney Nikki Johnson-Huston in her recently launched podcast, “Homeless to Lawyer,” that the handling of Cosby’s criminal prosecution was motivated in part by political animus from both Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill and current District Attorney Kevin Steele.