Bill Cosby groping lawsuit settled

Nov. 9, 2006 at 9:05 AM

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Entertainer Bill Cosby and a woman who accused him of drugging and fondling her in Philadelphia last year have settled a civil lawsuit.

After a Pennsylvania district attorney declined to charge Cosby in February 2005, Andrea Constand filed a civil suit alleging Cosby gave her Benadryl allergy medicine at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, and then groped her.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed and a publicist for the 69-year-old Cosby said he had no comment, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. Dolores Troiani, attorney for the 33-year-old Constand, was also secretive, telling the newspaper, "We have an agreement, but that's all I can say."

After Constand sued Cosby, 12 other women made similar allegations he had drugged or sexually assaulted them as far back as the 1970s but none of the claims went to court as the statute of limitations had expired, the newspaper said.

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