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Washington Lawyer Says Bill Cosby Was Unfairly Accused of Sexual Assaults

Updated on July 31, 2015
Bill Cosby's new attorney says he is wrongfully accused of multiple sexual assaults.
Bill Cosby's new attorney says he is wrongfully accused of multiple 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.

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      Tom Ramstack 2 years ago from Washington, D.C.

      My bachelor's degree in clinical psychology tells me he might have a promiscuity problem that dates from having parents who were too severe during the genital stage of childhood. That's the age between roughly five and eight years old when children will sometimes fiddle with their genitals. It sounds funny but it's actually a first foray into learning how to control sexual desires. Unfortunately, children whose parents either have illegitimate children or were illegitimate themselves become victims of their parents' guilty feelings about illicit sex. When the parents see their children fiddling with their genitals or making inappropriate comments, they'll punish them too severely. As a result, they grow up with subliminal repressed sexual desires that manifest themselves as promiscuity as adults. The adults often feel embarrassed about their own behavior but they can't control it, similar to hardcore alcoholics. I don't know for certain that's what's happening with Cosby but that's my guess.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      I'm always worried about the rights of the accused. It seems every week we hear about someone who was either falsely accused of murder or rape being released after years of languishing in prison. By nature I'm cautious. But the real game changer for me on this case was the accusation by the Temple University Basketball coach several years ago. She cannot be dismissed as an ambitious starlet or fan. That gave the stories more credence than anything else I've heard. The pattern of details from all of the accusers is overwhelming. What I would love to know is if Bill Cosby knew in his heart that he was really doing something bad or was he so delusional that he convinced himself that this was what the women wanted.

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      Tom Ramstack 2 years ago from Washington, D.C.

      Thank you. Now the acid test is what's going to happen in the courts with his case. I think more revelations are coming.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your beautifully thought out commentary places some doubt in my mind as to what really happened. When I first heard the story, I went from disbelief to shocked belief to (after reading this hub) doubt as to what happened. You have written a very unbiased report. I like your style.