Cosby accusers ask judge to unseal transcript

Alleged Bill Cosby victims (from far left) Rebecca Lynn Neal and Beth Ferrier with their attorney, Ms Gloria Allred.
Alleged Bill Cosby victims (from far left) Rebecca Lynn Neal and Beth Ferrier with their attorney, Ms Gloria Allred. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Two alleged Bill Cosby victims called on Monday for the publication of a full deposition by the comedian, after unsealed transcripts showed him admitting to drugging at least one woman for sex.

Embattled actor Cosby has been accused of attacks going back decades by about 30 women, but last week's unsealed documents were his first apparent admission of guilt.

"It is important for the world to know the truth about how Bill Cosby hunted me like a predator," said Ms Beth Ferrier, appearing alongside Ms Rebecca Lynn Neal and their lawyer Gloria Allred.

Ms Allred said: "What we filed today in the United States Eastern Court of Pennsylvania is a memorandum for the release of the entire transcript" of the deposition, dating from 2005.

"We're interested... because we don't know if Mr Cosby testified further about Rebecca and about Beth, and if he did, what he stated," added Ms Allred, who represents 16 alleged victims of Cosby.

As reported, Ms Allred also said her clients object to unconfirmed reports over the weekend that Cosby's wife Camille believes that his accusers voluntarily took drugs that Cosby offered them.

The comedian admitted in documents released last week that in 1976, he had supplied Quaaludes - a strong depressant widely used in the 1960s and 1970s - to a woman who later accused him of sexual assault.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline 'Cosby accusers ask judge to unseal transcript'. Print Edition | Subscribe