Bill Cosby asks court to punish accuser for 'smear'
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby demanded sanctions against Andrea Constand, one of the 40 women accusing him of sexual assault, in documents filed in court Tuesday by his lawyers.
Cosby claims the Canadian woman breached a confidentiality agreement by allegedly leaking the full 2005 deposition to The New York Times, in what amounts to his first public response to the details recently uncovered from a 2005 deposition relating to that case.
Documents from the 10-year-old civil suit — which was settled in 2006 for an undisclosed sum — were sealed until this month when a federal judge released limited sections from the deposition testimony in the case.
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Constand sought to have the full deposition released, a move that the comedian's court filing says was an "obvious attempt to smear" him. But The New York Times says it obtained its own record through a court reporting service so it's possible that the 2005 suit was already publicly available.
The filing also notes, that while the deposition details his use of Quaaludes and pursuit of women, there is no testimony of any non-consensual sex or that he gave drugs to women without their knowledge.
Cosby's lawyers contend in the filing that he "admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s," in the deposition that was quickly labeled a bombshell.
"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," lawyers also wrote in the new court documents.