It’s not looking good for Bill Cosby…
After being hit with dozens of sexual abuse accusations, Cosby is desperately trying to block the release of several documents linked to a 2006 settlement in a sexual assault lawsuit.
Cosby, 77, has been accused by over 30 women of sexual assault in incidents that go as far back as four decades. Many of the women claim that Cosby drugged and raped them. Since the statute of limitations has expired in most of the cases, Cosby has never been charged.
According to Daily Mail, Cosby’s lawyers are now trying to block a subpoena sent to the lawyer of a Philadelphia accuser by three women who are suing the comedian in Massachusetts for defamation. Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz have all accused Cosby of defaming them when he had his agent deny that he molested them in the 1970s.
The Pennsylvania lawsuit in question involves former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and fondling her in 2004. In February of 2005, the local district attorney said that no charges would be filed due to “insufficient credible and admissible evidence.”
However, in March of 2005, Constand filed a civil claim with 13 women prepared to testify as witnesses if the case went to court. Cosby settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in November of 2006.
Now, the women suing Cosby for defamation want the papers from this lawsuit, as they believe it may help their case.
Unfortunately, Constand’s agreement with Cosby is protected by a confidentiality agreement, and the comedian’s lawyers say this agreement “should not be set aside lightly.”
The judge is currently trying to decide whether or not the documents should be released. Do you think they should be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.