Unsealing Bill Cosby's 2005 Sex Assault Lawsuit Would Be 'Terribly Embarrassing,' Lawyer Says

Cosby settled with an accuser for confidential terms and the AP is now seeking access to the suit's documents

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It “would be terribly embarrassing” if documents from a 2005 sex-assault lawsuit against Bill Cosby were unsealed, his lawyer argued Friday.

The Associated Press is seeking access to court motions in the suit after Cosby has been confronted with more than 40 accusations of sexual assault that allegedly stretch back decades.

Cosby, 77, has staunchly denied any misconduct and has never been charged.

The 2005 suit, brought by a former Temple University employee named Andrea Constand, alleged that Cosby drugged and assaulted her. It was settled in 2006 under confidential terms and a judge will have to decide if its temporary seal should be permanent.

Cosby’s attorney said the deposition could reveal intimate details about his client’s drug use, marriage and sex life.

“Frankly, … it would embarrass him [and] it would also prejudice him in eyes of the jury pool in Massachusetts,” lawyer George M. Gowen III said, according to the AP.

Gowen referred to a defamation suit brought in Massachusetts by three of Cosby’s accusers.

“Why would he [Cosby] be embarrassed by his own version of the facts?” the judge asked.

Gowen said Cosby did not negotiate the 2006 settlement thinking his sworn deposition would one day be made public.

“It would be terribly embarrassing for this material to come out,” he said.

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