Bill Cosby and his legal team have secretly filed a lawsuit against Andrea Constand, the woman at the centre of his current criminal sexual assault case.
The Cosby Show star faces an aggravated indecent assault charge for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting the former Temple University employee in his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
On Tuesday (16Feb16), a judge shot down the embattled comedian's attempt to appeal the case which would have delayed the trial, but now Cosby's lawyer are fighting back with a new lawsuit against Constand.
According to legal documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby filed a complaint on Wednesday (17Feb16), a day before a key hearing in the criminal case, against Constand and bosses at American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.
Since the papers were filed under the cloak of seal, it is unclear what Cosby is suing both parties for. THR suggests the inclusion of the tabloid means the lawsuit has to do with the civil settlement Constand and Cosby reached in 2006. It was brought back to light when Pennsylvania authorities reopened the criminal investigation into her claims last year (15) after his deposition was made public, and in the documents, the 78 year old confessed to obtaining sedatives called Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
In her 2006 lawsuit, she named both Cosby's former attorney Marty Singer and National Enquirer chiefs for a 2005 exclusive they ran in which he alleged she attempted to extort him, and she also claimed that magazine bosses agreed to cut another accuser's story in exchange for the Cosby exclusive.
Cosby has been accused of rape, drugging, and performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women in the past 18 months. The comic, who has never been charged in relation to any of the decades-old incidents, maintains he is innocent.
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