By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Cosby 's attorneys yesterday filed a motion asking a judge to
issue a protective order sealing all documents obtained during the
discovery process in a federal civil lawsuit filed here against Cosby
by a former Temple employee.
The motion also asks the judge to allow them to file documents in the
"highly publicized, sensational case" under seal, thus protecting Cosby
from "undue embarrassment, oppression and annoyance, and preserving his
right to a fair trial. "
Cosby's attorneys noted that both sides recently subpoenaed the files
on the criminal investigation, which include "several salacious
statements from alleged witnesses whose credibility has never been tested. "
The Cosby attorneys attached 43 pages of exhibits to the motion, which
included several Daily News stories and a transcript of a Daily News
reporter's appearance on the Fox News Channel's "On the Record with
Greta Van Susteren. "
Andrea Constand, 31, has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually
assaulting her in January 2004 at his Elkins Park, Montgomery County,
mansion. She went to police a year later. In February, authorities
declined to prosecute. She filed her civil suit last month.
According to filings in the civil suit, 12 more women have come forward
accusing Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them.
In the motion, Cosby's attorneys also accused Dolores Troiani and Bebe
Kivitz, who represent Constand, of "aggressively courting media
coverage of the plaintiff's allegations in the national and local
press. " Both sides declined to comment. *