By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL COSBY did give Andrea Constand pills at his Montgomery County
mansion but says they were Benadryl, not drugs, and denied having
sexually assaulted her, his attorneys said in court papers filed
Constand, 31, has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her
while she was immobile at his Elkins Park home in January 2004. She
went to police a year later. Authorities declined to prosecute Cosby in
February. She filed a civil suit against him in March. Yesterday's
filing was an answer to the claims made in her initial complaint.
In the response, Cosby also denied having offered Constand and her
mother financial compensation after she went to police this past
January, and denied having apologized to Constand. He also denied
having defamed her in a March National Enquirer story and denied that
his representatives had leaked unfavorable information about her to
"Celebrity Justice," a tabloid TV show.
Cosby said he did befriend Constand through her work at Temple
University, and believes she did regard him as a friend and mentor, the
Cosby said that he and Constand saw each other socially, at various
group dinners and functions at his mansion, and at some one-on-one
dinners at his home and elsewhere, but that he could not recall the
exact dates, the filing said.
On one of the occasions when they were at his home alone, Constand
complained "of tension and an inability to sleep" so he offered her 1
1/2 tablets of Benadryl, an allergy medication sold over the counter,
the response said. She accepted. She claims she told him she was
stressed so he gave her three pills, which he told her was herbal medication.
Cosby denied having laid her down on a sofa and sexually assaulting her
when she became woozy, but said she did sleep over. He said that when
he came to wake her the next morning, she already was awake.
He denied that he was wearing his bathrobe when he woke her, which she
had stated in her complaint, but said he had given her a homemade
blueberry muffin and a cup of hot tea before she left. He said she
attended a dinner party with him in March 2004, and attended one of his
performances in August 2004.
Also yesterday, Constand's attorneys filed a motion in response to
Cosby's request for all documents in the case to be sealed.
Cosby's attorneys want the protective order so the entertainer won't be
"embarrassed" by the details of the "salacious" drugging and/or
sexual-assault statements made about him by as many as 12 other women.
Constand's attorneys want the identities of those 12 women kept from
the media but said they believe all other documents should be public.
"If the court were to seal discovery in this case, defendant's public
relations machine would continue to paint him as a picture of virtue,"
wrote Constand's attorneys, Bebe Kivitz and Dolores Troiani. "Defendant
will continue to talk, lecture and promote his own 'defense' merely by
promoting the image he has fostered, where the plaintiff's lips must
remain sealed about the evidence she has learned. "
Furthermore, Kivitz and Troiani argue that publicity has benefited
society in general because other women, who were "victimized after
being conned by the Cosby image," came forward after hearing about
Constand's allegations. *