Bill Cosby has given himself one less legal headache to deal with after dropping his breach of contract lawsuit against his sexual assault accuser Andrea Constand.
In February (16), The Cosby Show star and his legal team filed a secretive lawsuit against the former Temple University employee, who is at the centre of his current criminal sexual assault case.
According to legal documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby filed the complaint against Constand and bosses at American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, but since the papers were filed under seal, it was unclear what Cosby was suing both parties for.
Details of the suit have since been revealed, after the case went before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno last week (ends23Jul16). He shut down Cosby's breach of contract claim, and now the actor's team has decided to focus its legal battle elsewhere.
On Thursday (28Jul16), Cosby's attorneys filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit, which also named Constand's mother Gianna, her two attorneys and the National Enquirer bosses. If Cosby had won the suit, Constand may have been required to return the money he paid her in a 2006 civil settlement.
According to documents obtained by People magazine, the comedian's team did not offer any reason for their withdrawal.
At the same hearing, Judge Robreno also granted Cosby's legal team permission to sue Constand over comments she recently made to the media and online.
His new attorney Angela Argusa released a statement regarding Thursday's dismissal and their plans moving forward, which reads: "With a court validation of his ability to proceed forward in that action to protect his own rights, Mr. Cosby has today stepped away from that suit and will instead focus his efforts on defending himself against the claims that have been lodged against him."
The star still faces an aggravated indecent assault charge for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. A hearing for that case is scheduled for 6 September (16). He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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