Bill Cosby Is Suing His Accuser, Her Mom, Her Lawyers, And The National Enquirer
And you thought this case was messy before...
Yikes. You probably thought this case couldn't get any messier, but now CNN is now reporting that Bill Cosby has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against alleged victim Andrea Constand, her mother, two of her lawyers, and American Media Inc., owner of The National Enquirer.
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault in December in relation to an incident involving Andrea Constand in 2004. The two settled the case out of court in 2006, but Pennsylvania prosecutors reopened the case against Cosby last year after new evidence emerged.
Now Cosby is alleging that Constand and her mother breached the agreement by speaking to the Montgomery County district attorney about the case, and now he wants the settlement money returned to him.
"Both Andrea and Gianna voluntarily sat for interviews with the district attorney, even though they were under no legal obligation to do so and the terms of the confidentiality agreement expressly prohibited such conduct," the suit reads.
Constand's attorneys are also being charged with breach on contract for voluntarily cooperating with the Montgomery County District Attorney's criminal investigation against Cosby.
Cosby's beef with The National Enquirer stems back to 2005, when Constand sued American Media Inc. and Cosby for defamation. The lawsuit was settled the next year with a confidentiality agreement, which Cosby is claiming they have now violated.
"[The National Enquirer] has published and continues to publish stories regarding allegations against Mr. Cosby made by Andrea Constand and other individuals despite its clear contractual obligations to not publish any stories relating to certain allegations against Mr. Cosby," the lawsuit reads.
The Enquirer seems largely unbothered, saying in a statement, "We are confident that when the court reviews his claims against The Enquirer, it will find them to be without merit."
What a mess. The criminal case against Cosby will return to court for a preliminary hearing on March 8.