Gloria Allred ready to ‘grill’ Bill Cosby over sexual assault cases

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Claim Accuser Violated Confidential Settlement Agreement.

The court paved the way for Allred’s client, Judy Huth, to proceed with her civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, and Allred wants the full story, demanding to make comedian’s deposition public, TMZ.com reported. PHILADELPHIA (CBSLA.com) — Lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby told a Philadelphia judge Thursday the release of his 2005 deposition broke the terms of his settlement with an accuser, according to news reports.Attorneys for Bill Cosby say a magistrate judge should resolve their claim that a woman who once accused the entertainer of sexual assault breached a 2006 confidential settlement agreement.Bill Cosby is finally coming out of his crouch to defend himself against multiple sex-abuse allegations, hiring a new lawyer/spokesperson and pushing back in court against a deposition that has further damaged his reputation.

LOS ANGELES • Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian’s petition to review the case. Allred wants to question Bill Cosby about all the women, which till now counts to 37, and would also be sending him a notice today, demanding to take his deposition in the next 30 days, which she clarified, will be recorded. She’s started making the media rounds, going on camera to reject accusations from dozens of women who have publicly accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them in episodes dating back to the 1960s. There was no immediate response from Cosby or his lawyers, who have consistently denied allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against the 78-year-old performer.

She hopes to depose Cosby in August and will seek permission to videotape the proceeding. “We have wide latitude in the deposition to ask any question of Mr. In a round of interviews with various news outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America and The New York Times, Cosby lawyer Monique Pressley said the media had distorted deposition testimony made public this month from a separate sexual assault lawsuit Cosby settled in 2006. His legal team has pushed back against some of the reporting on the case, noting that even though Cosby admitted that he got Quaaludes to give to some women before sexual encounters, he did not confess to doing so without their consent. Cosby that is relevant or will lead to discovery,” Allred told TIME. “I believe it is relevant to inquire about accusations of other accusers, in order to establish pattern and practice, as well as a motive.” Judy Huth was 15 when she and a 16-year-old friend met Cosby in 1974 at a Los Angeles park where he was filming a movie, according to a December 2014 court filing. Ms Pressley, a newly hired Cosby attorney based in Washington, said that while the deposition may have proved embarrassing to Cosby, nothing in his sworn statements marked an admission of criminal wrong- doing or of sexual encounters that were anything but consensual.

One of Cosby’s attorneys, Patrick O’Connor, wrote in a court brief that “far from using their ‘best efforts’ to ensure compliance with the confidentiality provisions, plaintiff and her counsel appear to have made no effort whatsoever.” Although Cosby’s attorneys have said that Constand should be sanctioned, they did not do so in their latest motion, which argues that Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter should resolve the dispute. Pressley is already getting critical tweets for taking on Cosby’s case, a reflection of the generally toxic nature of the public debate surrounding Cosby since the rape allegations first re-emerged last fall. “I’m getting Twitter feedback of all sorts, from ‘Bravo!’ and ‘Way to go,’ to ‘You’re getting money from a serial rapist,’ and ‘Shame on you’ – it runs the gamut,” she said. The complaint filed by Huth against Cosby is one of at least four pending civil lawsuits stemming from such accusations, but Ms Allred said Huth’s is the only one seeking damages for the alleged sexual misconduct itself. It doesn’t matter, she said. “I believe in the work I am doing.” She spoke after Cosby’s legal team in Philadelphia went back to federal court on Thursday to ask a judge to hold Constand’s attorney, Dolores Troiani, responsible for the leak of the deposition, which may have violated federal court rules. The others are defamation suits whose principal causes of action allege the entertainer falsely branded his accusers as liars by denying that he ever sexually assaulted them.

Los Angeles County prosecutors declined last year to bring a criminal case against him over Huth’s allegations, saying the matter dated back too far under California’s statute of limitations. Huth’s case is unique among the many other claims against Cosby because she was so young when the alleged abuse occurred—it is currently the only civil case pending against Cosby that involves child abuse. Cosby’s attorneys had sought dismissal of Huth’s lawsuit on procedural grounds, arguing among other things that she lacked required certification from a mental health professional to support her claims. Troiani wrote in her letter that “we could spend the next ten years pointing fingers at one another.” She also said they “are open to a civil and courteous discussion about amending the settlement agreement in light of recent events.”

The law gives people who were assaulted as minors more time to file a suit, said Anne Bremner, an attorney in Seattle who is representing another Cosby victim in a case she has not yet filed. “It takes [minors] longer to put together, what happened to them,” Bremner told TIME. If Cosby is deposed under oath next month, as Allred plans, the results could be damaging for the comedian, adding to the firestorm that has built as many women have come forward and stated their cases publicly. In a deposition Cosby gave in 2005 in a different civil case, which only recently came to light, he admitted to purchasing quaaludes with the intent to give the drug to women he wanted to have sex with. But the deposition excerpts were damaging nonetheless, and Cosby’s attorney’s are likely to do everything in their power to stop Cosby from answering Allred’s questions.

Simpson but is not involved in the Cosby case, said Cosby can avoid responding to tough questions by settling the case or pleading his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. “His lawyers are going to do every single thing to block him answering any questions regarding the drugging or sexual assault of any victims,” Shapiro told TIME. You have to have really substantial compelling reasons to seal anything these days” Bremner said. “The fact of the matter is, he’s a public figure. The Constand case is just one of several civil lawsuits against Cosby filed by accusers or groups of accusers whose allegations are too old to pursue in criminal court.

It’s a civil case, and generally civil depositions can be given to anybody.” Cosby’s lawyers, Monique Pressley and Patrick O’Connor, and his public relations representative, David Brokaw, did not respond to requests for comment.

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