Bill Cosby attorneys have filed new documents in court, which deny the claims that the actor drugged and had sex with women without their consent.
In the documents, his lawyers claim that Cosby admitting to give Quaaludes to a woman he was in a consensual sexual relationship with in the 1970s didn’t mean he gave other women the drugs “without their knowledge or consent” or “engaged in any non-consensual sex.”
Cosby’s attorney Patrick O’Connor wrote in the motion, “Quaaludes were a highly popular recreational drug in the 1970s, labeled in slang as ‘disco biscuits’ and known for their capacity to increase sexual arousal,” People magazine reported.
He continued writing that there were numerous stories of celebrities in the 1970s willingly using Quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex, however, when the excerpts unsealed, media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant’s “confession” of “drugging” women and assaulting them.”
The motion comes as a response to the excerpts from the deposition that were unsealed at the request of the Associated Press and one filed by attorney Dolores Troiani, who represents former Temple employee Andrea Constand, with whom Cosby settled a lawsuit in 2006.
Though the settlement had confidentiality agreement, Troiani asked the judge to release Cosby’s deposition transcripts and Constand and Troiania from those confidentiality provisions which “defendant has chosen to ignore.”
O’Connor is against unsealing of the deposition and/or allowing it to be distributed to more members of the media.
Plaintiff should be denied further relief and instead should be sanctioned and the court should preserve what little benefit to defendant remains from the settlement agreement, he wrote.