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Bill Cosby faces new legal motion after release of 2005 deposition

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Two days after court documents from a 2005 deposition were released in which Bill Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, the embattled comedian faces another legal motion from the woman at the center of the 2005 lawsuit.

In documents filed Wednesday and obtained by EW, Andrea Constand says Cosby and his legal team violated the confidentiality agreement they made in the 2006 settlement of the case, which also includes the 13 “Jane Doe” witnesses in her 2005 lawsuit, many of whom have come forward in recent months. She also seeks relief from provisions of the agreement that “prohibit her from making fair response to the numerous and inaccurate statements and innuendos” made by Cosby and his team.

In addition to being relieved from the confidentiality agreement, Constand wants all of the transcripts from the deposition released “so that the public can make a determination as to whether or not the statements and questions were taken out of context.” Some of the documents were unsealed Monday after the Associated Press went to court to compel their release. In them, Cosby also admitted to giving the sedatives to at least one woman and having sex with her. He also said he gave the plaintiff three half pills of Benadryl.

Cosby’s legal team tried to keep Cosby’s statements under wraps by arguing that the comedian is not a public figure, but Judge Eduardo Robreno of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania unsealed the deposition, stating that Cosby “has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education and crime,” and that by doing so, “he has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim.”

Several networks have yanked reruns of Cosby and The Cosby Show in the wake of the deposition’s release.

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Correction: A previous version incorrectly called the motion a lawsuit. 

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