LAPD Conducts Criminal Investigation On Bill Cosby + Star Hit With New Lawsuit From 2005 Accuser

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 07/09/2015 | 08:30 AM EDT

The department says it's conducting at least one current investigation into the sexual assault allegations against the star

The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed it's currently conducting at least one criminal investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, reports NPR.

From an inquiry from NPR's Mandalit del Barco earlier this week, the department said: "LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said his department would investigate any sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby — even past the statute of limitations. The department's public information officer, Det. Meghan Aguilar, told NPR that the police have at least one open criminal investigation that may have multiple accusations. The LAPD would not offer any more details because the case is ongoing."

The news comes after the unsealing of court documents from 2005 which revealed Cosby's admission to drugging women for sex. The testimony was used in his lawsuit against Andrea Constand, the Temple University employee who accused the star of drugging and raping her (Cosby and Constand settled the case for an undisclosed amount in 2006).

Cosby has since faced a mountain of allegations from more than two dozen women who claim the 77-year-old comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted them over the last four decades.



In related news, Constand filed a new civil lawsuit against Cosby on Wednesday, claiming that the embattled star and his legal team have repeatedly violated the confidentiality agreement between the two sides.

"Cosby's behaviors have caused plaintiff unwanted and overwhelming media attention, which has detrimentally affected her," states the new suit. Constand also argues Cosby and his representatives have publicly discredited other women who've come forward with allegations.

Constand is seeking to void the confidentiality agreement, as she's "come to the realization that she once again must defend herself in the forum chosen by the defendant."

She is also requesting the public release of "the entire deposition and transcripts" from the 2005 case (only a portion was unsealed on Monday and released to The Associated Press) and "further release plaintiff and her counsel from those same provisions which defendant has chosen to ignore."

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