Bill Cosby seeks court sanctions against accuser over deposition leak

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Bill Cosby seeks court sanctions against accuser over deposition leak.

Comedian Bill Cosby filed legal papers on Tuesday calling for court sanctions against a woman accusing him of sexual assault, saying she breached their confidentiality agreement in the leak of his full deposition from a 10-year-old civil case to the New York Times. Bill Cosby’s attorneys said in a motion filed Tuesday that the alleged victim in a federal lawsuit against the embattled comedian has “made a mockery” of a confidentiality agreement that was part of a settlement in the 2006 case.PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers argued on Tuesday that his admission to using quaaludes in the 1970s doesn’t mean he drugged and sexually assaulted women. Cosby, 78, made the filing in US District Court in Philadelphia in opposition to recent motions by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her. The comments came as the lawyers asked a court to preserve the confidentiality of Cosby’s 2006 settlement in a sexual-battery lawsuit, which the accuser wants unsealed.

The lawsuit she brought against Cosby was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006, and all documents from the litigation were sealed until a federal judge on July 6 released limited redacted excerpts from Cosby’s 2005 deposition testimony in the case. Cosby’s lawyers instead attacked the weekend release of his deposition by a court reporting service and said the deposition and other filings unsealed this month have led to erroneous reports that brand Cosby a rapist. “The media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant’s ‘confession’ of ‘drugging’ women and assaulting them,” Cosby lawyers Patrick O’Connor and George Gowen wrote. “Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that defendant has admitted to rape.

Cosby said under oath in the 2005-06 deposition that he obtained drugs that he intended to give to women he wanted to have sex with — a revelation that follows years of accusations by more than two dozen women that they were his victims. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970′s.” Cosby, who’s 78 years old, has been married for more than half a century. On July 8, Constand filed papers in court seeking to unseal the entire deposition and her settlement agreement with Cosby, as well as to free her from any confidentiality restrictions.

Noting that the woman is not asking to void the entire settlement agreement, he wrote that “obviously, she wants to keep what she was paid” but that she “cannot simply pick and choose which contractual obligations will be void and which will stand.” Cosby’s attorney claimed in the motion that the victim’s attorney failed to tell a court reporter that the deposition was confidential, and that, they theorized, led to The Times getting the entire transcript. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992, said that he did not take drugs or drink alcohol during the encounters with the women. “There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970′s willingly using quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex,” his lawyers wrote, noting the pills were then called “disco biscuits.” The decade-old deposition represents the only time Cosby is known to have testified under oath about sexual-assault allegations.

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