Bill Cosby is once again fighting to keep the dirt off his name by asking a judge to keep his court records sealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the materials are described as posing a "real, specific threat of serious embarrassment."
As previously reported, the embattled comedian was granted his request to keep the documents sealed after they were requested by Tamara Green, the woman suing the star for defamation. A federal court judge sided with Cosby about the records being irrelevant to her case and a breach of a confidentiality agreement.
The records in question detailed the 2005 lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, the first woman to publicly accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her. After Cosby and Constand's settlement out of court, the Associated Press filed motions to unseal the records but were denied at the time.
But with the spotlight back on Cosby and his alleged string of sexual assaults, the AP has once again requested the release of the files. The news agency has cited "a local rule of civil procedure that presumes an unsealing of records after two years unless the judge dictates otherwise," reports THR.
Cosby and his legal team are now fighting to keep the records under wraps, as they not only include more about the sexual misconduct allegations, but also provide details to Cosby's health, use of prescription drugs, financial affairs and personal relationships.
In the brief from Cosby's attorney George Gowen, he states: "Moreover, unlike a deposition in a typical case, there is a voracious media appetite for Defendant’s deposition, and public release of it would quickly become widespread public knowledge of it. There is no doubt that public disclosure of the motions and Defendant’s sworn deposition testimony, which delves into the most intimate subjects imaginable, would generate a firestorm of publicity."
Gowen further argues that the unsealing of the records would interfere with his client's current defamation lawsuit. He added that Cosby "is not a public official" and the information is not "important to public health or safety."
The AP argues that Cosby is "unquestionably a public figure" and demands that the court records to be unsealed.
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