Cosby seeks to block subpoena to lawyer linked to settlement

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby is seeking to keep the lid on material linked to a confidential 2006 court settlement of a Philadelphia sex-assault lawsuit.

Cosby’s lawyers moved Tuesday to block a subpoena sent to a lawyer for the Philadelphia accuser by three women now suing Cosby in Massachusetts.

They accuse Cosby of defaming them by having his agents deny claims that the actor had molested them in the 1970s.

They believe documents from the former Temple University employee’s lawsuit in Philadelphia will help their cause, but the settlement is protected by a confidentiality agreement.

Cosby’s lawyers argue that confidentiality agreements “should not be set aside lightly.”

The motion was filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

The 77-year-old Cosby has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.