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Lawyer: Cosby using courts to bully accuser, witnesses

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2016 2:22 PM
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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, left, is assisted as he leaves after a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

(Philadelphia) -- A lawyer for the accuser in Bill Cosby's criminal sex-assault case says Cosby is using the courts to bully her client and other trial witnesses.

Cosby has sued accuser Andrea Constand for talking to police who reopened the 2005 case last year.

He says that violated the confidential settlement of her civil lawsuit. Cosby therefore wants the woman to return the settlement money.

Cosby also sued Constand's mother and lawyers in the complaint he initially filed under seal Friday.

Constand lawyer Dolores Troiani in a response this week says the secret filings are an effort by Cosby to create a ``shadow court system'' that is free from public scrutiny.

``The Cosby Show'' star sued Constand a day before a key hearing in his criminal case.

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