Cosby attorneys want documents sealed

April 28, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN weisenn@phillynews.com
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. *
 

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