Court rejects Cosby’s attempt to reseal testimony on affairs

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his criminal sex-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, July 7, 2016. Cosby is appealing a decision to send the case to trial before his lawyers can question the accuser under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby’s effort to reseal his deposition testimony about extramarital affairs, prescription sedatives and payments to women.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Monday the appeal was moot because the contents of the documents are now a matter of public knowledge.

The court’s opinion says they “cannot pretend that we could change that fact by ordering them resealed.”

Cosby sought to overturn a ruling that made the documents public last year at The Associated Press’ request.

Cosby admits to several affairs in the deposition and says he obtained quaaludes to give to women he hoped to seduce.

The deposition stems from a lawsuit filed by a woman at the center of his criminal case on a felony sexual assault charge.

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