Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexually abusing several sports team’s worth of women and bullying his victims with defamation, would like his lawyer present during the deposition of his first accuser Andrea Constand, according to TMZ. Constand publicly accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her in 2005.
Over ten years ago, Constand’s criminal case against the comedian was ultimately dropped by a Pennsylvania district attorney, who made a deal with Cosby to testify in a civil case if the attorney didn’t bring criminal charges against him. Later Constand and Cosby settled their case for an undisclosed sum which Cosby sued to regain earlier this year, arguing Constand’s work with other accusers like Tamara Green regarding her original criminal allegations against him broke their confidentiality agreement. Then in July, Cosby dropped that lawsuit. Now, however, the disgraced entertainer seems to be continuing his bullying of Constand by requesting that his lawyer be present during her upcoming deposition in Pennsylvania—as if the transcripts alone wouldn’t be sufficient.
Constand’s team says he’s trying to scare her away from cooperating with the Pennsylvania D.A.’s office and that his request is meant “to intimidate, harass, and bully,” as well as to gather more evidence to help Cosby in his current criminal case. A judge has yet to rule on whether Cosby’s lawyer will be allowed to attend the deposition.