Bill Cosby’s legal team took its attack on the media’s coverage of their client to Fox News Channel today. Shep Smith landed an interview with a Cosby attorney, in which she went after the press for its reports about details of Cosby’s 2006 deposition in which he acknowledged getting prescriptions for Quaaludes in order to give them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Monique Pressley denied Smith’s assertion that, in the deposition, Cosby had admitted he used the drugs “on these women, then they fell asleep, and then they had consensual sex.”
“No, that’s not what he admitted, that’s what you’re saying the facts were,” she told Smith. “You’re conflating the testimony of numbers of accusers and the testimony of Mr. Cosby, and that’s frankly the problem of the way the media has handled the case thus far.”
“‘It is certainly, without question, the media’s fault,” Smith said.
Yesterday, Cosby’s legal team filed papers in federal court in Pennsylvania saying one of his former accusers, Andrea Constand and her legal team violated a settlement agreement with Cosby and requested details of the deal remain sealed. Cosby’s reps say Constand wants the court to negate the confidentiality portions of the settlement deal she struck with Cosby in ’06, but hang on to the cash settlement.
Those portions of Cosby’s deposition in that case that were released earlier this month, “did not contain any testimony that Defendant engaged in any non-consensual sex” or gave any woman “Quaaludes without her knowledge or consent,” Tuesday’s filing said.