Cosby’s Lawyers Argue His Admission To Using Quaaludes Doesn’t Mean He …

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill Cosby Legal Team Complains of ‘Smear’.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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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