Bill Cosby used Quaaludes but it does not mean he drugged women, lawyers claim

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Bill Cosby calls for court sanctions against accuser in sexual assault case.

In the documents, his lawyers claim that Cosby admitting to give Quaaludes to a woman he was in a consensual sexual relationship with in the 1970s didn’t mean he gave other women the drugs “without their knowledge or consent” or “engaged in any non-consensual sex.” Cosby’s attorney Patrick O’Connor wrote in the motion, “Quaaludes were a highly popular recreational drug in the 1970s, labeled in slang as ‘disco biscuits’ and known for their capacity to increase sexual arousal,” People magazine reported. 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.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.Bill Cosby’s lawyers fought back Tuesday, asserting in a legal filing that he has been damaged by news media accounts that they said inaccurately portrayed him as having testified that he used powerful sedatives to drug women so he could molest them.Three days after a deposition of Bill Cosby from a 2005 court case were made public, attorneys for the comedian are denying allegations that Cosby had non-consensual sex with women to whom he gave drugs.

Cosby, 78, made the filing in the 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. 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 labelling 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.

There was a confidentiality agreement with that settlement but Troiani asked the judge to release Cosby’s deposition transcripts and Constand and Troiania from those confidentiality provisions which “defendant has chosen to ignore,” she wrote. “But for Cosby’s repeated violations of the confidentiality agreement and attempt to sway public opinion in his favor this motion would not have been necessary,” she wrote. “The release of these documents will assist other women who have been victimized and bring awareness to the fact that sexual assault is not just committed with a gun or knife but is also committed by mentors who engage in exploitative behaviors,” she wrote. 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 6 July released limited redacted excerpts from Cosby’s 2005 deposition testimony in the case. And yet [the] defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.” Cosby, who’s 78 years old, has been married for more than half a century. On 8 July, 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. The New York Times has since obtained its own record of Cosby’s deposition and posted additional excerpts on its website, revealing testimony in which the entertainer described how he had pursued women and how he obtained Quaaludes.

His attorneys have consistently denied the accusations, which have left in tatters the career and public image of a once-revered entertainer best known for playing Dr Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV comedy series The Cosby Show in the 1980s and 90s. He said he never took the quaaludes himself. “Emboldened by the media’s one-sided reporting, plaintiff has now filed a motion that is a barely-veiled attempt to continue her and her counsel’s campaign against him in the public eye,” the papers said. She said she wanted a courteous discussion about amending the settlement agreement, and they should not argue about testimony that has already been released.

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