Lawyers for Bill Cosby filed papers Tuesday in U.S. District Court seeking to block further release of a 10-year-old deposition which they claim has been improperly released and used to smear Cosby, the New York Times reported.
In the filing, the lawyers maintain that Cosby “admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.” The court filing with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania maintained that Cosby been damaged by news reports that depicted him as admitting to using powerful sedatives to drug women so he could molest them.
The court filing contends that release of the full deposition was a violation of a confidential settlement in the case involved. The deposition was made available last week by a court reporting service that said in a letter filed with the court that it believed a judge’s order had made the deposition public.
The judge in the case had unsealed a memo in the court file that contained excerpts from the deposition, including parts of Cosby’s testimony in which he acknowledged giving Quaaludes to women to engage in sex. Some news reports said Cosby admitted “drugging” women, while others said the drug-taking and in Cosby’s words, been consensual. He said he never took the Quaaludes himself.
A lawyer for the woman in the settled case from 2005, Andrea Costand, had asked the judge to release the entire deposition, arguing that Cosby and his team had violated the confidentiality agreement so that it should no longer be binding. Cosby’s lawyers maintained the court reporting service’s decision was in error and that the settlement required that the documents remain sealed.
More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual assault.