Bill Cosby's lawyers are continuing to put up a fight to prove their client's innocence as the star remains on the defense over the release of his 2005 deposition.
On Tuesday, the lawyers asked a court to preserve the confidentiality of Cosby's settlement in his sexual-battery lawsuit. The Associated Press and the New York Times both obtained documents of the deposition which contained details of his sexual relationships with multiple women, as well as his admission to giving women quaaludes in the 1970s.
That revelation, his lawyers say, in no way means he drugged or sexually assaulted women. In their opinion, the public took the information and ran with a damaging narrative.
"The media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant's 'confession' of 'drugging' women and assaulting them," Cosby lawyers Patrick O'Connor and George Gowen wrote. "Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that defendant has admitted to rape. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970's."
They added, "There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970's willingly using quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex."
Cosby's lawyers believe the star has been unfairly branded as a rapist and are hoping to keep the details of the settlement under wraps.
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