The details of Bill Cosby’s lawsuit against accuser Andrea Constand have been revealed, with Cosby suing for breach of contract. In addition to Constand, Cosby is also suing her mother, her lawyers and American Media, parent company of The National Enquirer.
“Despite the strong and unambiguous provisions in the Confidential Settlement Agreement, Defendants repeatedly disclosed information that they promised to keep secret,” said Cosby’s redacted complaint, which was filed in federal court late last night (you can read it here).
Cosby, reports Deadline, is going after all the parties for “unjust enrichment, including but not limited to return of consideration paid under the 2006 Confidential Settlement Agreement.”
Cosby is claiming that by breaching the settlement agreement, Constand caused him to suffer “serious and irreparable harm that cannot be cured by money damages,”; while claiming the comedian has also “suffered substantial monetary damages, in an amount to be proven at trial.”;
While America’s one-time favourite TV dad prepares to stand trial for indecent assault, he’s firing back by suing the woman whose accusations brought him into court in the first place.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby’s attorneys have filed suit against Andrea Constand and American Media, parent company to the National Enquirer.
Back in 2004, Constand (then working for Cosby’s beloved alma mater, Temple University) went to police to allege Cosby had sexually assaulted her after giving her some pills that made her pass out. At the time, the District Attorney didn’t feel there was enough evidence to win the case, and chose not pursue prosecuting the erstwhile Dr. Huxtable.
As a condition of not being prosecuted, however, Cosby gave a revealing deposition in which he admits to giving Constand Quaaludes. Even more damning, Cosby answered “Yes”; when asked: “When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”;
Constand then went to the National Enquirer, which was reportedly about to publish a story outlining her blockbuster claims when a settlement was reached, with Constand and the tabloid reportedly paid to keep quiet about her allegations. When Constand went public about her claims last year amongst the tidal wave of women making similar accusations about Cosby, this would seemingly have breached the terms of the original settlement.
Although the suit is sealed, it’s not unreasonable to guess that Cosby is suing Constand for breaking the terms of the settlement, although it’s unlikely the lawsuit will have any impact on his upcoming indecent assault trial.