Tuesday 25 October 2016

Bill Cosby's accuser wants star's under-oath answers released

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby’s first accuser has asked a judge to release the comedian’s full deposition in her sex-assault lawsuit, saying Cosby, his lawyers and agents broke the confidentiality agreement that sealed the 2006 court settlement.

Andrea Constand’s lawyer argued that the entire deposition should be made public, including questions Cosby answered under oath about his use of quaaludes and other drugs, his alleged use of hush money to silence women, his deal to have an accuser’s story spiked and his alleged affairs with other women.

Her lawyer said Cosby and his representatives broke the confidentiality agreement with public comments made over the years and again this week, but Constand has been powerless to respond.

“The release of these documents will assist other women who have been victimised 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 behaviours,” lawyer Dolores M Troiani wrote in asking the judge to sanction Cosby and his lawyers.

Lawyers for Cosby (77) did not comment. The motion comes after US District Judge Eduardo Robreno unsealed excerpts from Cosby’s deposition this week, concluding that the public had a right to see “the stark contrast” between Cosby the public moralist and the statements he made under oath.


The excerpts show Cosby admitting that he obtained quaaludes in the 1970s so that he could give them to young women he pursued for extramarital sex.

Asked if they knew what they were taking, his lawyers objected and he never answered.

Frustrated by their attempts to dodge questions, Troiani asked that Robreno force the comedian to answer 50 questions about his lifestyle, drug use and sexual encounters with 13 other “Jane Doe” women. Troiani now wants his answers to those questions made public.

“Although some of the women engaged in consensual relations with Cosby, their accounts substantiated defendant’s alleged predilection for somnophilia,” Troiani wrote in her motion, referring to a term used to describe someone aroused by having sex with an unconscious person.

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