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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby‘s lawyers argued on Tuesday that his admission to using quaaludes in the 1970s doesn’t mean he drugged and sexually assaulted women.

The comments came as the lawyers asked a court to preserve the confidentiality of Cosby’s 2006 settlement in a sexual-battery lawsuit, which the accuser wants unsealed.

Cosby’s lawyers instead attacked the weekend release of his deposition by a court reporting service and said the deposition and other filings unsealed this month have led to erroneous reports that brand Cosby a rapist.

“The media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant’s ‘confession’ of ‘drugging’ women and assaulting them,” Cosby lawyers Patrick O’Connor and George Gowen wrote. “Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that defendant has admitted to rape. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970’s.”

Cosby, who’s 78 years old, has been married for more than half a century. A federal judge in Philadelphia cited his self-imposed role as a “public moralist” in deciding to release long-sealed documents that contained excerpts from his deposition, in which he speaks of getting quaaludes to give women before sex.

Cosby, who starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992, said that he did not take drugs or drink alcohol during the encounters with the women.

“There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970’s willingly using quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex,” his lawyers wrote, noting the pills were then called “disco biscuits.”

The decade-old deposition represents the only time Cosby is known to have testified under oath about sexual-assault allegations. A former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, told police Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home. She called Cosby a friend and mentor. Cosby in the deposition portrayed her as a willing partner. She sued him after a prosecutor declined to press charges.

More than two dozen women have come forward since 2005 to accuse Cosby of molesting them. His agents have disputed many of their accounts, and he has not been charged with a crime.

The Associated Press obtained the full transcripts of Cosby’s deposition from the court recording agency on Sunday, a day after The New York Times reported it had obtained them.

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4 thoughts on “Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Ask Judge to Keep Settlement Sealed

  1. MJ did settle out of court with the first accuser and later said he regretted. When the second accuser came forward he took their filthy, lying behinds to court. There is no way MJ, would’ve stood by and let 40 people accuse him of rape and do nothing about it. Innocent people take their accusers to court, in this case Cosby’s accusers are taking him to court.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Michael Jackson paid to settle a case against him, turned out the plaintiffs lied. Settlements does not always equate to guilt.

  3. Linda on said:

    If Mr. Cosby has made financial settlements on women in order to keep his sexual perversions from being exposed, this just shows his guilt.

    If something is not true, then you take the case to court and fight it-you don’t pay the plaintiff off unless you have something to hide that you don’t want coming out and hurting your reputation.

    If this judge allows the cases that were settled out of court to be opened and read, this will no doubt open up a can of worms that Cosby does not want.

    Bye, Bye Jello Pudding man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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