A day after losing an appeal that would have stopped his criminal case in Pennsylvania, embattled entertainer Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit against the rape accuser at the center of the controversy.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, Cosby filed the lawsuit against former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand under the cloak of seal, and was ordered to refile the complaint by the same judge who rejected his bid earlier this month to halt the case.
Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the United States District Court in Pennsylvania, where the lawsuit was filed, partially lifted the seal which revealed details of the case previously withheld from the public, writes the New York Times. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill initially refused to dismiss charges once more on Tuesday, moving the case forward.
Cosby has filed his complaint under the cloak of seal. A Pennsylvania judge ordered that he refile a redacted copy by Tuesday, but thus far, Cosby has failed to do so. The new lawsuit targets Constand, her mother, two of her attorneys and the parent company of National Enquirer and according to sources, deals with promised confidentiality.
Constand originally went to law enforcement authorities in 2004 with allegations that after Cosby befriended her, and she resisted his sexual advances, Cosby gave her pills and wine and then proceeded towards sexual acts without her consent. At the time, the District Attorney elected not to pursue charges, and she sued Cosby. Constand added American Media, Inc. over an interview and story it completed with Cosby around the same time. The case was settled in 2006, but amid other women coming forward with similar stories about Cosby, the Constand case was reignited upon the revelation of what Cosby had said in a deposition in the civil lawsuit.
Cosby said in a deposition that he gave women pills to gain a sexual advantage over them, prompting Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele to investigate and file the second-degree felony charge of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby.
Full details of Cosby’s lawsuit are not public but THR writes that American Media, Inc., the company that owns the National Enquirer and other tabloid publications, is probably connected to a violation of the settlement agreement Cosby reached with Constand and her legal team.