By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN firstname.lastname@example.org
The attorneys for a woman who claims Bill Cosby drugged and sexually
assaulted her last year have at least 10 other women whose statements
they want admitted as testimony, a new court filing says.
The report by the plaintiffs' attorneys, which followed a March 23
conference between both sides, did not state what the women have to say.
However, the attorneys have previously said that women had contacted
them to report that Cosby had done something similar to them as he is
alleged to have done to Andrea Constand, the Canadian woman who accused
Cosby of drugging and assaulting her last year.
One of the other women is California attorney Tamara Green, who first
told her story to the Daily News in February.
Bebe Kivitiz and Dolores Troiani, the attorneys for Constand, also want
the court to issue a limited protective order to keep the media from
knowing or publishing the identities of the other women.
News organizations traditionally do not reveal the identities of
sexual-assault victims. However, when she came forward, Green requested
her name be used. Cosby's people subsequently made unflattering
information about her available to the media. The request for a limited
protective order is obviously an attempt to prevent that from happening
Constand's identity became public only after her parents gave an
interview in January to a Canadian paper and allowed their names and
their daughter's name to be used. Many news organizations used that as
justification for using Constand's name.
The Daily News did not publish Constand's identity until she filed her
lawsuit against Cosby. The attorneys could have identified her as Jane
Doe, which is common in sexual-assault civil suits, but chose to use
her real name.
The defendants, the report added, want the entire proceedings to be
kept confidential under a protective order, but Constand's attorneys
oppose such a request.
Patrick O'Connor, a member of Cosby's new legal team, did not return a
phone call requesting comment. O'Connor filed a notice of appearance on
behalf of Cosby in federal court on Monday.
O'Connor is a partner in Cozen O'Connor, one of the top 100 law firms
in the country and among the area's top campaign contributors.
Constand, a 31-year-old former Temple University employee, went to
Canadian police in January with her allegations against Cosby. The
alleged incident occurred the previous January, she told cops.
In February, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr.
announced he would not be filing criminal charges against Cosby. *