Cosby Tries to Get Sexual Assault Charges Dropped

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on May 24th, 2016, in Norristown.

A judge in Norristown today shot down entertainer Bill Cosby’s latest attempt to have the charges against him dropped for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. Cosby’s lawyers argued unsuccessfully that Constand should have been required to testify during the preliminary hearing, according to BillyPenn. Read more »

Cosby Attorney Promotes Rape Culture as He Defends the Accused Sexual Predator

Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

On the way out to Bill Cosby‘s preliminary hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse early on Tuesday morning, my Uber driver Clarence made it pretty clear how he felt about the dozens of women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and other crimes.

Why did they wait so long to report it?

They got something out of it, too.

Did you know that Andrea Constand was Cosby’s girlfriend?

Did you know that she lied to the police?

Well, Clarence appears to have taken a page right of out the playbook of Brian McMonagle, Cosby’s lead defense attorney in the only criminal case against him. McMonagle exploited every opportunity to tear apart Constand’s credibility during the hearing, a proceeding she did not attend. Read more »

Bill Cosby Loses Preliminary Hearing, Will Go to Trial

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Montgomery County Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled on Tuesday afternoon that Bill Cosby will go to trial on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park home. Although dozens have women have made similar allegations against Cosby, this is the only criminal proceeding against him. Read more »

Hugh Hefner Drawn Into Bill Cosby Allegations

Bill Cosby arrest photo. Hugh Hefner, By Toglenn via CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12656003

Bill Cosby arrest photo. Hugh Hefner, By Toglenn via CC BY-SA 3.0.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was deposed last Wednesday in a sexual battery civil suit against Bill Cosby, according to Los Angeles civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.

Hefner’s deposition took place at the Playboy Mansion, the site where alleged Cosby victim Judy Huth says Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old.

Huth, who is represented by Allred, sued Cosby in late 2014, claiming he forced her to perform a sex act on him during a 1974 Playboy Mansion party. Huth is one of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual abuse. Read more »

Court on Cosby Deposition: Toothpaste Is Out of the Tube

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is hoping a court will reseal deposition documents from a 2005 sexual assault lawsuit which were made public last year. Cosby’s request was heard by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia today.

The deposition in question was taken during a lawsuit filed against Cosby by Andrea Constand. In it, Cosby admitted to having several affairs with women and obtaining prescription sedatives to give to women whom he hoped to seduce. A legal push from The Associated Press led to the deposition being unsealed in 2015.

Although much of the information contained in the deposition has already been seen by the public, Cosby hopes that resealing the documents would prohibit the information from being used against him in ongoing and future litigation with Constand and other accusers. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Secret Cosby Lawsuit Comes to Light

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know:

Cosby sues Constand for breach of contract.

Comedian Bill Cosby, now facing a criminal trial he strove mightily to avoid, has filed suit against his most prominent accuser, Andrea Constand, and the National Enquirer’s parent company, claiming they broke Constand’s 2006 agreement to keep details of her lawsuit against Cosby confidential in exchange for a cash payment. The suit, which had been filed under seal, was re-filed in a redacted version yesterday, pursuant to a judge’s order. New York magazine’s Vulture section was the first to report on the redacted suit, noting that it confirmed The Hollywood Reporter’s earlier conjecture that the suit involved the confidentiality agreement. The Enquirer got roped in for reporting on the allegations against him, which Cosby claims broke contractual obligations it had with him. Cosby is seeking damages, or repayment of money previously paid to the defendants in this suit — plus interest. Read more »

The Informant: LeSean McCoy, Please Pay Your Parking Tickets

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The Informant is our new gossip column from longtime Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo. Each week, The Informant will bring you the tantalizing tidbits and sensational stories that those in the know are talking about behind the scenes. Got a tip? Email victor@phillymag.com.

LeSean McCoy’s Bad (Parking) Habits

As we continue to try to sort out the fracas inside the Old City club that reportedly involved lousy tipper, alleged orgy fan, and, oh yeah, NFL star LeSean McCoy, we were amused to find that he got 10 parking tickets in Delaware County in 2015. He was cited for expired meters, illegal parking, and some other things that you’d expect someone with his I-do-not-give-a-fuck attitude to be cited for.

Some of those cases have been resolved, but for others, district court records indicate that officials haven’t been able to track down McCoy in order to get him a summons. He left the area last football season for a lackluster debut with the Buffalo Bills. (To be fair to the court, we couldn’t find his new home address either.)

According to the court, if McCoy doesn’t do something about the outstanding tickets soon, the procedure is for a bench warrant to be issued for his arrest — which, in the grand scheme of things, probably doesn’t seem like a high priority to McCoy right now. Understandable.

The funniest thing about McCoy’s parking ticket history in Delaware County is that it documents him spending time in places like Upper Darby and Glenolden. If you got a $13 million-plus signing bonus last year, would you be hanging out in Upper Darby? But hey, I guess anything is better than Buffalo.

Kanye Backs the Cos

From the Department of Nobody Asked You comes this little nugget: World’s greatest everything Kanye West appears to have thrown his support behind embattled comedian and accused sexual assaulter Bill Cosby, who turns up in Montgomery County Court next on March 8th for a preliminary hearing. On Tuesday night, Kanye took to Twitter to decree to his 18.5 million followers: “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” By Wednesday morning, Kanye’s message had been retweeted 35,000 times and “liked” by 40,000 people, but there was also a fierce backlash from folks who wrote responses like, “You have a daughter. Be better.”

What’s unclear is if Kanye really thinks Bill Cosby is innocent, if he’s just trolling people, or if he wants to get as much publicity as humanly possible, given that he has a new album coming out on Thursday.

Kenney Eats, Jerrick Waits

Last week, Philly chef Michael Schulson (Sampan, Independence Beer Garden, the Borgata’s Izakaya) finally unveiled Double Knot, his long-awaited Japanese spot in the Gayborhood, and over the weekend, tables were about as scarce as pothole-free streets in this town.

Fox 29 morning personality Mike Jerrick found this out the hard way when he showed up looking to have dinner on Saturday night. Jerrick is probably not a man used to waiting for a table (restauranteurs pee themselves when Jerrick and the other on-air talent visit, knowing that they occasionally inform their vast viewership where they’ve been dining), but wait he did. And wait. And wait. And wait. Finally, he got a table and tells The Informant: “We had everything.” His favorites were the bao and yellowtail.

One man who didn’t have to wait was our new mayor, Jim Kenney. Accompanied by a small group, Kenney sailed right in and sampled some items from the robatayaki menu.

Speaking of mayoral weekend dining, former Mayor Michael Nutter turned up at Stephen Starr cantina El Rey, where his party of five was squeezed into a booth built for four. With all of his gainful new employment — Columbia, CNN, Bloomberg — we certainly hope that he picked up the check.

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Cosby Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Playing “Gotcha” Game

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When defense attorneys for comedian Bill Cosby filed their final motion yesterday before a key pretrial hearing set for Feb. 2, they also accused the prosecutors in the case of playing a “gotcha” game by relying on testimony that a former Montgomery County district attorney had promised not to use.

According to an Associated Press report, current Montco D.A. Kevin Steele said the recently unsealed testimony by Cosby about an incident between himself and Andrea Constand was part of the new evidence that led him to file indecent assault charges against Cosby last month. Read more »

Cosby Goes to Court to Keep Settlement Secret — Again

The plaintiffs in the federal civil lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby earlier this year are trying once again to pry open the settlement of a 2005 lawsuit in which they were unnamed co-plaintiffs. And once again, the comedian has responded by attempting to keep it all secret, even though a piece of it no longer is.

On Thursday, Cosby’s lawyers filed a motion to quash the subpoena in the federal district court here in Philadelphia. The road leading to this second round of plaintiffs’ subpoenas and Cosby’s motions to quash has a few twists in it. This past June, the plaintiffs in the civil suit — Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz — subpoenaed materials pertaining to them in a 2005 civil suit filed by alleged Cosby victim Andrea Constand, who included the three women as co-plaintiffs, two of them as Jane Does. Like the current suit, that one alleged Cosby defamed them by essentially calling them liars for alleging that the comedian had drugged and then sexually assaulted them. The 2005 suit was settled out of court, with the settlement terms and all materials relating to the suit sealed. Read more »

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