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Roland Martin talks to Bill Cosby‘s lawyer Monique Pressley about the allegations against the famed comedian/actor in where over 30 women are alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted them.

So where does the case stands now?

Read the transcript of the interview below:

ROLAND MARTIN:  Tom, it’s been a crazy last couple of weeks.  Ever since the deposition of Bill Cosby from 2005 leaked more and more folks have just run away from him, of course.  The documentary on Stunt Men, they pulled him out of that.  Now over the weekend we’ve got the news of Spellman ending their professorship with his name on it.  Joining us this morning is Monique Pressley who is a member of the Bill Cosby legal team.  Monique, welcome to the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Good morning, everyone.

ROLAND MARTIN:  So much has changed.  First off in that deposition a lot of people, after that came out it said Bill Cosby confessed and admitted to drugging and raping women.  And you have been on various media outlets saying that was not the case.

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Exactly.  That was not a part of his testimony in that deposition.  That instead was part of the headline the media used to report on excerpts from the deposition that just did not at all coincide with what he actually say.

TOM JOYNER:  Well, what did he say?

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Well, in the deposition he was asked questions about having in his possession the then legal substance, which was Quaaludes, which as some of you who are listening now may know was a very popular party drugs during the ‘70s, about 40 plus years ago and it was something that was not an illegal substance, something that he testified that he got through a prescription from a doctor that he knew at the time.  And his testimony was that he had it available and that he offered it to one woman in particularly who consensually took the substance which is very different than the accusations that are out there that he was slipping it into womens’ drinks without their knowledge and without their consent and then that it was “powerful sedative that rendered them semi-unconscious.”  That was not his testimony.  And that’s not what was actually said in the deposition.  But some, what he did say, the headlines we got were Bill Cosby admits to drugging women with that same drug, et cetera.

ROLAND MARTIN:  This has been obviously driven by more than 30 women who have said that Bill Cosby had drugged and raped them.  New York Magazine, they had this huge story with all of the women assembled there as well.  His detractors say point blank; you can’t have this many women accuse him of drugging him and raping him and it not be true.


MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Well, and that’s something also that isn’t true.  I think that one of the things that is a popular ploy for some of the plaintiff’s attorneys is to say that 30 women are accusing Bill Cosby of rape, and they aren’t.  So the vast majority of them have accusations that are something like using a drugging substance or not touching them appropriately or attempting sexual assault.  There’s a smaller subset in there that most of those accusations date many decades ago, or accusing him of actual physical assault.  So what happens is that people look at it and think by the sheer volume, or the number of people that are saying it, that certainly it has to be true.  And one of the things that I pointed out repeatedly is that many times people see an opening, a way that they can use the story that now has no way of being proven true or false.  People are saying things happened 30 years ago, 40 years ago, any potential witness or any person that could be brought forward to prove it true or false is long gone or dead.  They’re not even using exact dates.  Things are being said like, ‘this happened sometime in 1974 on some tour’.  So what would normally happen here is that it would be brought timely and then in a court of law you would have an opportunity to defend against the accusation and the person bringing the accusation would actually have to prove it.  But when it’s beyond the statute of limitations, and when media has an appetite for it, any person can wake up this morning and then choose to say that something happened and have a picture that they took with Bill Cosby at a comedy show, or on a tour, and use that as proof, ‘here, I was with him on that date.’  And some of these cases, in most of them, the only proof that they’re offering is proof that they were actually in his company.

TOM JOYNER:  You know, Monique, Monique Pressley, I’ve never heard of you before, before this, except being on Roland’s show, just listening to you, just now, I think Bill Cosby has chosen a very good attorney because you broke that down.

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Well, thank you for that.

TOM JOYNER:  How did he get in touch with you?  How did he know about you?

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Well, now we’re going to have to you credit for that, Mr. Joyner.


MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Even though you were not actually on the radio that day someone who is a loyal supporter of Mr. Cosby called and said that there is an attorney who’s been speaking regarding your cases and is saying things that make a lot of sense.  And then, as they say, the rest is history, so thank you Roland Martin, and thank you, Tom Joyner Morning Show.


SYBIL WILKES:  So where do you go from here, Monique Pressley, in terms of, I understand last, or was it a couple of weeks ago where an injunction was filed against the young women from Temple, Andrea Constand.  So where do you go from here regarding that case and the others?

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Well, that case still is still under a confidentiality agreement, so I can’t talk about what the next steps would be except to point people to the things that we’re filing.  We’ve moved for injunctive relief, one, because one of the things that her attorneys were asking the courts to do was unseal Mr. Cosby’s over 1,000 page deposition, and as we all know now through other means that deposition is in the open, it’s out there for a number of outlets to peer and to put out excerpts as they choose to do so.  So we asked the court to kind of cancel out that motion and then we’re going to a magistrate judge for other relief because we do believe that the confidentiality agreement has been violated.  But I can’t discuss the release that we’re hoping for because we’re still bound and have to honor the agreement that we made.


ROLAND MARTIN:  Attorney Monique Pressley for Bill Cosby, we appreciate you joining us on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, thanks a lot.

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  Thank you for having me.

TOM JOYNER:  Okay.  What, 30 days, Gloria Allred, it says she wants you all to do a deposition, Monique?

MONIQUE PRESSLEY:  That’s what she says.  We’ll see what happens, Tom.

SYBIL WILKES:  So you don’t sound like it’s going to be within 30 days.


TOM JOYNER:  That’s what she says; ‘we’ll see what happens, Tom.’  Gloria Allred wants the deposition in 30 days.

SYBIL WILKES:  It doesn’t sound Mr. Cosby’s going to be the one being grilled like a hamburger.

TOM JOYNER:  (Laugh)

ROLAND MARTIN:  Gloria, all of them, Monique Pressley.  That will be interesting.

SYBIL WILKES:  Yeah, man.

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48 thoughts on “‘The Only Proof That They’re Offering Is That They’ve Been In His Company’ – Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Monique Pressley Tell All

  1. Yonas1981 on said:

    The whole thing does not make sense. Why would Bill Cosby drug women to have sex with them like an insecure teenager? In my world which is probably a little less famous and less money than Mr. Cosby, if you are as powerful as him women are attracted to you in droves and what is the point of drugging them, it is not even fun making love to a women who is all drugged up. The accusers are basically saying Mr. Cosby is a sick puppy, and cannot sleep with women without drugging them and if it is true he should be locked up. On the other hand, our culture is so possessed with celebrity and money may be all these ladies are trying to extort him because he is a huge celebrity. I cannot imagine Mr. Cosby drugging women to have sex. He needs to come up clean or say he drugged them and pay off or whatever he has to do. He is too old too much of the American psyche to be drugged like this. What would his grandchildren think of him?

  2. The one for sure thing we know is that Bill is a serial cheaters, other then that we need to wait on the fact. White America is always out to destroy high profile black men, so black men stop giving them ammunition.

  3. Aundrea on said:

    Did any of these 40 women ever stop and think about the fact that he was a married man. ANY self respecting woman would have stopped and said to themselves. “I have no business being alone with this married man having a drink or otherwise and as a woman I refuse to be a part of disrespecting his wife. That is what is wrong with women today. They have no respect for each other. Nooooooo… All they could think of was getting the pudding pop….. But only on their terms. If I was stupid enough to place myself in this situation and have it happen to me Id be too ashamed to admit it to anyone because that would mean I was in the wrong place at the wrong time for the wrong reason. Lesson learned.

    • Babyboomer on said:

      Of course I have no idea what Bill Cosby did or didn’t do but you make an excellent point about the women who have come forward. What where they doing with this “Married Man” and why didn’t that matter to them? They shouldn’t have been with him or any other woman’s husband. I think there’s plenty of blame to go around here…

  4. We will hope that the truth will come out and e hope Manypeople in this world still believe in Bill Cosby and we will continue to do that because we believe he is innocent and didnt rape anyone.We hope that the truth will come out and it will be soon.Till then, our thoughts and prayers are with the Cosby family.

  5. STAR on said:

    It’s obvious that Bill Cosby was part of a sex ring. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hugh Hefner was the ring leader. The Playboy mansion is a w**** house, Plaboy magazine is a front to make the Playboy brand look legit. Heck Young Hollywood is a sex ring. Most of your favorite child stars have been sexually exploited and transformed into drug addicts. Doubt in Bill Cosby’s life time will the truth come out about this situation. Since November when Bill Cosby made a cryptic announcement, he’s had a target on his back. Whatever the secret that he wanted to reveal back in November 2014, has cost him almost everything except his family, faith, and life. Because the mainstream media is painting this hideous image of Bill Cosby, just about everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. A few weeks back, there was an article about a woman (a top model) who was recruited to seduce and frame Bill Cosby. Back in 2004/2005 she was approached by a group of men to go up to Bill Cosby’s hotel room for a one night stand. They offered her $5,000 but she declined the offer. They offered her $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 and she still declined the offer. This article has since been removed and I’m unable to recover it. It was fascinating reading material, I now see Hollywood in a much different light. After Bill Cosby is dead, gone, and mostly forgotten, the truth will be revealed. Unfortunately, most people won’t care and there will be no retribution on Bill Cosby’s behalf. Flaunting his $400 million dollars wealth at “the man” was a mistake because now he’s trying to take it. Taking away all of Bill Cosby’s accolades is another way to humiliate, dishonor, marginalize, alienate, and dehumanize him. Forcing Bill Cosby into isolation, fearing the general public, creating mass hysteria and irrational hatred towards him. Before you know it the crazy ones will target Bill Cosby, to make a name for themselves. You can see the setup coming a mile away. Another prominent Black man “falls from grace”. No need to castrate and hang him on a tree, there are other ways to silence a Black man. The New York magazine is the perfect example of this new form of public punishment against the Black man. Bill Cosby, Tiger Woods, OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Bobby Brown and the list goes on. GOD BLESS EVERYONE!


    But seriously, BC’s new defense attorney is not intelligent nor virtuous in her defense of a horrible man. In fact, just leave Allred and Pressley out. This is about Bill Cosby and his victims! STOP DEFENDING HIM and let the truth come out as it has been all along. You can’t handle the truth.

    • Aundrea on said:

      There were Only willing participants. Besides a man can not cheat on his wife by himself. Everybody was out for something. One lady said he gave her a glass of wine and it tasted HORRIBLE but he told her to just drink it and she did…. That’s because she was out for what she wanted and she was willing to whatever he said so that she could get what she wanted. Jim Jones did the same thing to hundreds of people. Nobody is born stupid maybe a little slow but not Stupid.

    • specialt757 on said:

      “…and let the truth come out as it has been all along.” Whose truth? Yours? The “victims”? or Dr. Cosby’s?

  7. Jzzyj1 on said:

    She’s his attorney, so of course she’s in defense mode;it is in my hopes that she and close friends and family highly encourage Bill to bow silently and retreat and to allow his fans to remember him for his positive efforts toward higher education.

  8. Carlton on said:

    Did he have sex with any of these women without consent…? If so, that is rape. Done. End of Story. Even President Obama said that….

  9. specialt757 on said:

    That’s the thing Bunnie, if you would have read the above article you would know not all have the same story. Take for example Sammie Davis Jr’s road whore, she said he just “took her” as soon as she came through the door and then she still went to the boat party with him. And another who said he paid her way through school, no mention of drugging either. And let’s not forget the 15 y.o. playboy bunny, she was underage and a whore at the playboy mansion, but Bill was the only one she had sex with or did drugs with? Really? Was she lying about her age then (or did HH allow underage girls to work at the mansion?), or is she lying now? Either way I could see she is a liar.

    And who really has the smoke and mirrors, Gloria Aldrige or Ms. Pressley?

  10. I wonder if there were any more recent assaults. Forty years is such a long time to remember what happened if you were on drugs at the time. I cant remember what I did last week and I am sober. I think we will never know what actually happened in most of these cases.

  11. Christiansbereal on said:

    At this moment only Mr Cosby and GOD know what happened with him and that long list of accusers. JUST because a lot of people are saying the same thing does not mean that it’s true. Let’s be for real people!!! Hopefully, the courts, With Monique’s assistance, will be able to get to most of the truth and draw the most logical conclusion. Never believe that just because one was convicted of a crime or even acquitted of a crime that is the end of it and the final answer found in the courtroom is it. Come on people, look at how many Back men spent many, many years in prison after being found guilty of crimes they were no where near and was accused of committing. I don’t believe that Mr. Cosby didn’t do some of what he was accused of doing, but I don’t believe that it was done to the numbers and to the extent that being portrayed in the media courtroom. However, IF he hadn’t participated at some level, he probably wouldn’t be in this mess at all!!!

    • it's my opinion on said:

      Beautifully stated..So, the women who “willingly”, accepted gifts, free trips and money, well over the legal age of conscent, are victims too. One lady was married and he helped finance her going back to she a victim too? So, every one he ever dealt with outside of his marriage is now claiming to be a victim. This bs just makes me sick. I think at most, he is guilty of being a “serial cheater” but that doesn’t make him a “rapist”.
      I really don’t like the fact they were able to release a court-sealed document based on allegations..Now, that was mind blowing.

  12. Bunnie on said:

    Sorry, but FORTY and counting women all coming forward with the same story??? Didn’t Eddie Long try this same kind of defense and eventually give up?

    For those who are claming this new hire of Cosby’s is ‘so intelligent’, um, yeah, she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely more intelligent than the people now fallling for the new smoke & mirrors.

  13. Thank God for Monique Pressley. She’s is so intelligent. Hope she shuts it all down. I’m sick of the media. All black athletes and entertainers are always “tried” through the media. It’s a disgrace and Black ppl need to wake up.

  14. denise on said:

    Focus and C the Truth behind the Truth C the BIG Picture – History repeats itself – ruin by media – judge, slander, demean, denigrate by public opinion and “try” in the news – it is the same pattern used in the past and will continue being used because we buy into it – his participant/victims or victims/participants will get “mo money” and life will go on or something fatal may happen – Not anything new under the sun – God Bless!

    • ceddybaby on said:

      Finally someone speaking actual facts…..Without “I believe”, “I don’t believe”…Who cares, state the facts and prove or SHUT UP….Very easy to manipulate the public….they are just full of opinions and “I believe or I don’t believe”….This lady is speaking actual facts.

      • specialt757 on said:

        I agree prove it or SHUT UP! Anyone can accuse anyone of anything, but without facts, it’s just an accusation, nothing more.

  15. Oh Oh ladies, i believe you are in for a trip. We have an angry black woman whom happens to be a lawyer, and from this interview it seems like she is going to give america’s number one female attorney (Gloria Allred) a run for her money.

  16. Cosby was told to get a female lawyer. It looks better. And all in all I would say that 35 women coming forward with the same complaint IS proof. But his unlocked testimony nails it. I think paying somebody off to remain quiet was also proof of his guilt already back then.
    So this lawyer can be as cocky as she wants, it is part of her job to be so. What she is really banking on is that people will WANT to believe her nonsense as they did in the past. Bill Cosby – my hero? Not any more. He is a serial rapist who thought he was above the law, and maybe he will finally have to pay for his crimes.

    • Freeda on said:

      Accusations can be made against anyone at anytime but that does not make it true. Maybe his accusers are simply serial gold diggers. This is about destroying a legacy. Nothing more…nothing less. The media likes soundbites and there’s so much mass ignorance among the voyeuristic public, this nonsense is to be expected. Mr. Cosby will be exonerated and the gold diggers, I guess they’ll have to find someone else to plunder.

  17. Come on now, are we supposed to believe his lawyer??? With the leaked deposition and the number of women speaking out there’s no doubt that the accusations are true. I always got the feeling that Bill Cosby was not the nice affable person he portrayed. There was just something fake and not right about the way he presented himself.

    • Freeda on said:

      So Melody, any skeletons in your closet? Of course not. You and many other judgmental people in this comment section know exactly what happened because you were there, right? Just because someone says it does not make it true. Be careful… judge not, lest you be judged.

      • it's my opinion on said:

        Forget the cliches’…”judge not” though it’s scriptual. People aren’t hearing that anymore. My point is how you think you really know someone personally, by watching them do what they do best.. and for him, it was acting and comedy. The point is, we don’t know. But, what we do know is that you can’t accuse someone of doing something, without proving they did it. Just because you say it so, and got other people to go along with you, doesn’t make it so.

  18. augie on said:

    Monique Maybe you should have Mr Cosby Make you his famous Cappuccino latte express and drop a Quaalude or two and see what you can remember after you pass out.
    You know wake up naked and your panties on the floor. Hey Hey Hey what you got to say Monique.

  19. marva on said:

    This was the worst interview EVER! Tom and Roland allowed Ms Pressley to defend Bill Cosby without asking one serious question. They gave her a free platform. I hope money wasn’t exchanged between Cosby, Tom and Roland. The victims were slurred.

    • it's my opinion on said:

      Get’em! Especially the ones who took money, gifts, trips, paid tuition, knowing he was married, in exchange for sex…”opportunist”- just another way to get more money.

  20. I feel sorry for this black woman who is obviously being used by the Cosby team. Bill Cosby has always ridiculed people who use race as an excuse but all of a sudden he finds a black face to hide behind. Disgusting.

    • specialt757 on said:

      This is an intelligent person, the fact that she is black and a woman, makes it even better. She’s not being manipulated, you are.

    • it's my opinion on said:

      Bam! People like you drive me crazy. Why would Bill Cosby need to hide behind this black woman. He donated 20 million dollars to Spelman University, a black HBCU. So, obviously, he has alot of faith in “our” African American women intellect and professional abilities.

  21. specialt757 on said:

    I hope people are listening. So many have jumped on the “destroy Bill Cosby” bandwagon, they can’t decipher between what’s made up and what makes logical sense. We can thank the media for that.

    • it's my opinion on said:

      preach! I hope if I’m ever in trouble, that there will people around like yourself, who actually “think” for themselves, and doesn’t “go along” to fit it with what every body else is saying.

    • Shaun on said:

      This young woman is not to played with or taken lightly either. I can see her being a beast in the court room. Very intelligent, bright, and should get the mass respect she deserves…

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