Bill Cosby Sues Sexual Assault Accuser Andrea Constand

by Wade Massey February 19, 2016, 16:27

Bill Cosby is suing the woman whose accusations led to the only criminal charges filed against the fallen TV icon.

According to an affidavit, Constand alleged years ago in her lawsuit that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Pennsylvania home in early 2004 after inviting her there to discuss her professional future.

Most likely, the suit alleges that Constand somehow violated the terms of her decade-old settlement agreement with Cosby, for which she received an undisclosed sum.

Last year, following similar allegations by dozens of other women, the Constand case came under renewed scrutiny, fueled by details of Cosby's 2005 deposition, which were published in The New York Times despite the confidentiality agreements. A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer.

Cosby filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit against Constand a day before a February 2 criminal court hearing that included testimony from her lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

Constand's mother, her lawyers, and the company that owns the National Enquirer were also defendants in the suit.

"Cosby is requesting the court permit him to make accusations and statements regarding the underlying settlement while restricting the ability of the public to scrutinize those accusations", their response said.

The seal on Cosby's suit was partially lifted Tuesday.

Cosby claims that because Constand and her mother are Canadian citizens, they are "outside the jurisdictional reach of the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney".

On Wednesday, Cosby's legal team filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Andrea Constand, her lawyer, her mother and the publisher of the National Enquirer.

"Mr. Cosby has apparently decided his best legal defense is to sue one of his alleged victims and The National ENQUIRER, a publication that has been unflinching in its coverage of allegations against Mr. Cosby beginning in 2000 when everyone else avoided the story".

He has defamation lawsuits pending against accusers in Boston, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Cosby built his career on a family-friendly image, playing Dr Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992.

A judge disagreed, and said that the case against Cosby would proceed to trial.


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