Cosby Asks Court to Punish Accuser

Quaaludes 'part of consensual sex life,' he claims in court filing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2015 1:38 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2015 6:30 AM CDT
In this Nov. 21, 2014, photo, Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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(Newser) – Looks like Bill Cosby might believe it's still possible to salvage his reputation. In a court filing yesterday, Cosby asked a judge to sanction a woman for allegedly leaking a damning 2005 deposition to the New York Times, reports Reuters. Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her and settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006, breached a confidentiality agreement, according to Cosby and his lawyers. She sought to have the full deposition released, in what the Cosby filing says was an "obvious attempt to smear" him, though the Times says the deposition was never sealed and it was available through a court reporting service.

The filing also says that although Cosby admitted obtaining drugs to give to women he sexually desired, that doesn't mean they didn't consent to the drugs or the sex, People reports. "There are countless tales of celebrities" and others in the 1970s using quaaludes "for recreational purposes and during consensual sex," the filing states. But "the media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant's 'confession' of 'drugging' women and assaulting them," it continues. "Reading the media accounts, one would conclude the defendant has admitted to rape. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s."

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