Really, Bill Cosby? REALLY.
On Wednesday, Bill told a Pennsylvania judge that “embarrassing” court records shouldn’t be released because he’s NOT a public figure. UMM… we’ll get to that point in a second.
The records in question pertain to Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her. Constand was one of the first women to come out against the comedian in 2013.
Now that two years have passed, the records can be released, a move Bill is desperately fighting on the grounds of… well, a mere definition.
The 77-year-old’s lawyer argued:
Bill Cosby is not a public official, nor is the relevant information important to public health or safety ├óΓé¼┬ª Defendant’s status as a well-known comedian and entertainer does not render him a ‘public’ person within the meaning of the law.”
We didn’t go to law school, but what warrants a “public person”? He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was on the ridiculously popular Cosby Show from 1984-1992.
Not to mention all the PUBLIC advocacy work he’s done over the years. Sigh.
The lawyer added:
“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.”
Well, we think “publicity” is a small price to pay when you consider the terrible allegations against the actor.
A news source that’s fighting for the records countered the ridiculous defense, stating:
“The defendant is the only party who objects to unsealing the record. However, now that the circumstances that he relied upon to gain preliminary sealing in this matter are nothing more than historic references, bypassed by recent public events, the files at issue should be unsealed.”
So, what do YOU think of Bill’s claims?
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