Bill Cosby planning comeback after trial

Cosby is "optimistic" that he’ll be able to go back to his comedy career

Bill Cosby, trial, alleged sexual assault, Andrea Constand, Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby (centre) arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing | Image: Matt Slocum / AP/Press Association Images

In a court motion filed by Bill Cosby’s lawyers yesterday in Massachusetts, Cosby said he's "optimistic" he'll be able to restart following the litigation.

Cosby is facing several defamation suits from women who have accused him of sexual assault.

On Thursday, Cosby's attorney Angela Agrusa argued to a Massachusetts judge why documents produced by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) should be sealed in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women. The documents in question, according to court briefs, contain information about Cosby's negotiated compensation for his performances, some of his contracts and also reflect the cancellation of business arrangements since the sexual assault firestorm.

The plaintiffs are objecting to the proposed sealing. One of the arguments being made by the women is that Cosby has no prospects in the entertainment business. Therefore, Cosby couldn't experience harm from disclosure.

Angela Agrusa, Cosby's attorney said exposing the inner workings of Cosby’s financial dealings would be a blow from which he could never recover

“When Mr. Cosby is cleared from all liability and charges, and the impact of Plaintiffs’ defamatory conduct has subsided, he expects to resume his career, and there is no reason to believe otherwise,” she said.

CAA is no longer representing Cosby, whose most serious legal difficulty is in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where he faces a charge of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Cosby is presently attempting to convince the judge in the criminal case to dismiss it as a violation of his due process rights. Cosby's attorneys argue he has suffered prejudice from the long delay in the filing of charges. The 79-year-old entertainer also points to blindness and memory decline as preventing him from assisting in his defense.

Agrusa writes, "Mr. Cosby’s visual impairment that pre-judicially impacts his ability to defend against decades-old allegations does not in the same way affect his ability to continue his career in entertainment, as there are many examples of highly successful, and visually impaired entertainers, e.g. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles."