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Bill Cosby battles back in sex assault case, permitted to sue his rape accuser over breach of confidentiality

Cosby puts up a tough fight in sex assault case. Judge allows defence claims that Constand breached confidentiality provisions. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP New York, US Jul 19, 2016, 06.44 AM (IST)

Disgraced TV legend Bill Cosby - battling back in a sex assault case against him - can sue an accuser over tweets she wrote and an interview she gave for breaching confidentiality, a judge has ruled.

In the mixed ruling issued Friday, US District Judge Eduardo Robreno also ruled that Cosby cannot sue Andrea Constand, her mother or attorneys for speaking to investigators about her accusations.

But the judge let Cosby`s other claims stand for now, ruling that Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach, violated the confidentiality agreement through posts she made on twitter about the case and in comments to the Toronto Sun newspaper in 2015.

The judge said Cosby could sue Constand lawyers Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kovitz for an open letter they wrote about the case published in the Philadelphia Enquirer.

"We are, of course, very pleased with the court`s ruling in favor of our client," Cosby`s attorneys said in a statement Monday.

Constand`s allegations, that he drugged and sexually assaulted Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2006, are also the basis for the only criminal prosecution against him. 

A judge ruled in May that Constand`s 2004 allegations could proceed to trial -- the only criminal assault charge brought against him. The former star posted $1 million bail in the case in December, but has yet to enter a plea and a trial date has not been set thus far.

More than 50 women have publicly alleged sexual abuse at the hands of the former megastar, who attained his greatest fame for his role as a lovable obstetrician and family man in the hit 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show."

(AFP)
 
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