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Bill Cosby sues his accuser over leak

By Shawn Price   |   Updated Feb. 19, 2016 at 6:40 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against accuser Andrea Constand, her lawyers and the publisher of the National Enquirer, accusing them of violating the confidential settlement Cosby's lawyers negotiated in 2006.

Originally filed as a sealed complaint on Feb. 1, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno ordered a redacted version this week. It alleges former Temple University employee Constand, now 42, her mother, Constand's lawyers and The National Enquirer all broke the confidentiality of the settlement.

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The filing of the lawsuit reveals just how hard the comedian is trying to silence one of his dozens of accusers. The 78-year-old has been accused of multiple acts of drugging and sexually assaulting women in cases that go back decades.

Constand, her mother and their lawyers allegedly first broke the agreement when they cooperated with the Montgomery County's district attorney's investigation into the case last summer. The National Enquirer is being sued for printing stories about the case. Their cooperation led to criminal charges being filed against Cosby earlier this year.

Cosby also alleges Constand and her lawyers violated the settlement when Constand filed her defamation suit last year against former Montgomery DA Bruce Castor, who chose not to prosecute the case. He alleges she divulged "information required to be kept confidential" and also that her lawyers wrote an open letter to Castor in the Philadelphia Inquirer, that was another breach of confidentiality.

Other allegations of breaching the agreement include a Toronto Sun profile on Constand's mother and Constand's tweets about the case including one that read, "I won't go away, there is a lot more I will say."

The suit also asks for Constand's settlement money to be returned. The amount is not known.

A preliminary hearing on the criminal case is scheduled for March 8.

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