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Washington Lawyer Says Bill Cosby Was Unfairly Accused of Sexual Assaults
Cosby Sexual Assault Accusations Unfair, Attorney Says
Washington lawyer Monique Pressley said she is trying to keep the media reports honest after she recently joined the defense team for actor and comedian Bill Cosby.
My primary focus is to try to ensure that the reporting by the media is paying attention to the facts, Pressley said in an interview with USA Today. I am the highlighter, pointing to these facts: There has been no charge of criminal conduct, no conviction and no admission of criminal conduct by Mr. Cosby.
Cosby is accused of giving drugs to younger women to make them compliant as he sought to have sex with them. In some cases, the women said they believe he slipped Quaaludes into their food or drinks without telling them.
Pressley is a former staff member of the District of Columbia's Office of the Attorney General. She unsuccessfully defended the Metropolitan Police Department in a class action lawsuit filed by political protesters after a 2002 mass arrest in Pershing Park near the White House.
She appeared to refer to the Pershing Park arrests during a panel discussion about the Cosby case on NewsOne last December. She cast doubt on some of the women's allegations against Cosby when she said, You'll have some people who will come forward and join the bandwagon. If you know the police department messed up in a certain park on a certain day, you'll have 30 people who'll come forward to cash in who weren't even there, who were at lunch across the street, who were looking from the window.
She made the statement on NewsOne before she joined Cosby's defense team. More recently, she has said that allegations by dozens of women are not proof of Cosby's guilt.
The Pershing Park mass arrests by the Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Park Police occurred during a protest of economic globalization. Police arrested about 400 people, which consisted of nearly everyone in the park. All of the charges later were dropped after the defendants argued the police lacked probable cause to believe they had all committed crimes.
The arrests led to a lawsuit that was settled by the city for $8.25 million. The Metropolitan Police Department also agreed to policy changes.
In the latest action with the Cosby case, his attorneys claimed in a motion that media reports incorrectly said Cosby admitted drugging women and rape in an earlier deposition. Instead, he merely used Quaaludes for recreation, the attorneys said.
There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970’s willingly using Quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex, their motion says.