Cosby drops re­main­ing counts of law­suit against his ac­cusers

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NEW YORK: Co­me­dian Bill Cosby has dropped the re­main­ing counts of a law­suit he filed against one of the women ac­cus­ing him of sex­ual as­sault, along with sev­eral oth­ers, claim­ing they vi­o­lated the terms of a con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment in another law­suit.

The dis­missal came on Thurs­day, 10 days af­ter the US district judge Ed­uardo Ro­breno ruled Cosby could not sue Andrea Con­stand, her mother, Gianna Con­stand, or her at­tor­neys, Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz, for speak­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors about her ac­cu­sa­tions.

Cosby filed the suit in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cus­ing the Con­stands, the lawyers and Amer­i­can Me­dia, pub­lisher of the Na­tional En­quirer, of vi­o­lat­ing the terms of a 2006 con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment.

Ro­breno let stand Cosby’s other claims, in­clud­ing that Con­stand, a for­mer Tem­ple Univer­sity bas­ket­ball coach, vi­o­lated the con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment through posts she made on Twit­ter about the case and in com­ments to the Toronto Sun news­pa­per.

Those re­main­ing claims were dropped in a two-page no­tice filed in the district court for the Eastern District of Penn­syl­va­nia on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to on­line court doc­u­ments.

Cosby, 78, faces ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault by more than 50 women. He has de­nied hav­ing non-con­sen­sual sex with any of them.

Con­stand’s al­le­ga­tions he drugged and as­saulted her at his Penn­syl­va­nia home in 2004 are the ba­sis for the only crim­i­nal case against him so far.

Most of the other al­leged as­saults oc­curred too long ago for the cases to be pros­e­cuted. The 2006 agree­ment stemmed from a law­suit Con­stand filed against Cosby in 2005. – Reuters

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