Cos challenges anonymity of accusers

June 22, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN weisenn@phillynews.com
Bill Cosby 's attorneys yesterday filed a motion objecting to 
anonymity requests by 11 Jane Doe witnesses in a civil suit against the entertainer.
"Defendant does not wish to intrude on the privacy interests of persons 
who would prefer to remain anonymous," the motion said. "At the same 
time, defendant believes it would be fundamentally unfair to permit 
anyone to publicize allegations of alleged sexual misconduct while, at 
the same time, cloaking their names from public view. "
Cosby's attorneys also questioned the motives for the anonymity requests.
It "appears that the real point of seeking anonymity at this stage is 
to tar the defendant's reputation in the media with anonymous 
accusations by individuals who may or may not be willing to testify at a public trial,"
the motion said.
The motion was part of a civil suit filed by former Temple employee 
Andrea Constand, 31. Constand claims Cosby drugged and sexually 
assaulted her at his Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, mansion in 
January 2004. Earlier this year, authorities declined to press criminal 
charges against Cosby.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno will hear arguments on the 
anonymity issue today in federal court.
Bebe Kivitz and Dolores Troiani, Constand's attorneys, also filed a 
motion asking the judge to give Jane Doe No. 8 until November to file a 
protective order on her own behalf because her husband is about to 
undergo a bone-marrow transplant.
In their motion yesterday, Cosby's attorneys said they had no position 
on Jane Doe No. 8's request, other than to note that it was made by the 
plaintiff, not the witness herself. *
 

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