Judge: Accusers can see case file from earlier Cosby case

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 21, 2016 4:30 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Mel Evans

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, left, is assisted as he leaves after a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

(Undated) -- A federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled that attorneys for seven women suing Bill Cosby for defamation can see much of the case file of a lawyer for the accuser in a 2005 sexual assault lawsuit against the comedian.

Judge Anita Brody on Monday rejected a request from Cosby to block a subpoena for the file of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand's lawyer.

Constand reached a confidential settlement with Cosby in the civil case. Late last year, Pennsylvania prosecutors charged Cosby criminally in the alleged assault on Constand.

Brody ruled that the confidential agreement between Cosby and Constand ``cannot block the disclosure of those materials to third parties in discovery.''

The judge said she is not ruling on whether a jury in the Massachusetts defamation case will get to see the material.

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