Bill Cosby’s Attorney Monique Pressley Defends Star on Good Morning America …

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Bill Cosby seeks 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. PHILADELPHIA — 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 the 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.

But when asked whether a woman who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1976 could have resisted him while on quaaludes, he replied, “I don’t know.” One thing is certain. 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 6th 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. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.” “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 court filings said.

On July 8th, Ms 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 13-year-old girl with whom Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse in 1977 said the Oscar-winning director plied her with champagne and half a quaalude before raping her at Jack Nicholson’s house. While some news articles suggested that Cosby had been “drugging” women, many others presented Cosby’s side that, while he was using drugs in sexual encounters, the drug-taking and sex had, in his words, been consensual. Holly Madison, in her recently published memoir, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny,” writes that Hugh Hefner once offered her a handful of quaaludes. “‘Usually, I don’t approve of drugs, but you know, in the ’70s they used to call these pills thigh openers,’” she says he told her.

Cosby’s lawyers argued Tuesday, though, that the court reporting service’s decision was in error and that Constand had been required, as part of the settlement, to ensure that the court reporters understood the documents remained confidential. 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 the lovable father figure Dr Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV comedy series The Cosby Show in the 1980s and 1990s. But Cosby said in the deposition that he wanted them for non-medical reasons. “Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case,” he said.

The drug, synthesized in the 1950s, was originally intended as an anti-malarial treatment, says James Adams, associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Soon, people discovered that it also released sexual inhibitions, particularly in men, and that when mixed with alcohol it produced a mellow euphoria. As it spread through the hippie culture and then into the bars and private parties of the hipster crowd, bootleg versions known as “ludes” began to flood the streets. She said she wanted a courteous discussion about amending the settlement agreement, and they should not argue about testimony that has already been released.

Doctors who prescribed it began to be seen as pariahs. “Quaalude accounted for less than 2 percent of our sales but created 98 percent of our headaches,” the chairman of the William H. Nick Jonas, Mark Ronson, Beyoncé and The Weeknd are among the other nominees that will battle it out for ‘Moonman’ trophies at the ceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on August 30. It’s still legal with a prescription in Mexico, but until Cosby’s testimony it seemed to have become the forgotten party drug among American millennials. Save for those fans of the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” whose anti-hero, Leonardo diCaprio’s Jordan Belfort, was wildly addicted to it. “Party drugs go in and out of favor,” Adams says. “They come and go in waves.

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