Jane Does in Cosby case seek secrecy

June 14, 2005







By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN weisenn@phillynews.com 
Jane Doe No. 1 does not want her elderly parents to be subjected to a 
media frenzy.
Jane Doe No. 2 has bipolar disorder and fears releasing her identity 
would worsen her condition.
And Jane Doe No. 3 works at a casino and fears she would lose her job 
if she were thrust into the media spotlight because of her claims.
These were among the reasons 10 Jane Doe witnesses gave yesterday for 
why they do not want their identities released publicly in the civil 
case in which they claim comedian Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually 
assaulted them, according to a motion filed in federal court.
The women came forward to support Andrea Constand, who has accused the 
entertainer of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his mansion in 
Cheltenham, Montgomery County, in January 2004. No criminal charges 
were filed against Cosby but in March, Constand filed a civil suit against him.
All together, 14 women have accused Cosby of similar misdeeds, 
including Constand. Constand's attorneys, Dolores Troiani and Bebe 
Kivitz, filed a motion earlier this year asking a federal judge to keep the Jane Does'
identities secret. The judge denied the motion on June 2 but gave the 
Jane Does until today to file motions for secrecy on their own behalf.
California attorney Tamara Green, one of the 14 accusers, already went 
public with her story. Jane Doe No. 5, who has not yet told her story 
publicly, was the only Jane Doe witness who is not requesting her 
identity be kept private, the motion filed yesterday said.
On Friday, Constand's attorneys filed a motion on behalf of Jane Doe No.
8, who also wishes to remain anonymous.
They asked that the judge give her until Nov. 1 to hire an attorney and 
file a motion because her husband is about to undergo a bone marrow 
transplant and faces a significant recovery period. *

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