Cosby, accuser resolve sex suit A former Temple employee had alleged assault, which the star denied. No details of the outcome were released.

Posted: November 09, 2006

Bill Cosby and the former Temple University employee who accused the entertainer of drugging and groping her "have resolved their differences," and the woman's civil lawsuit against him has been dismissed, according to a statement released yesterday.

Details were not disclosed. The two-sentence release from attorneys in the case said simply that Cosby and Andrea Constand "have resolved their differences, and, therefore, the litigation has been dismissed pursuant to local court rule."

"No further statement will be issued by any of the parties or their representatives."

Constand's attorney, Dolores Troiani, said she had no comment. Attorneys for Cosby did not return phone calls yesterday.

Constand was director of operations for the Temple women's basketball program when she met Cosby, one of the school's most famous alumni and a trustee.

She alleged she was visiting Cosby's Main Line mansion in early 2004 when he gave her pills that he said were "herbal medication" to help her cope with stress. After consuming the pills, she said, she felt hazy but remembered Cosby touching her breasts and genitals.

A year later, Constand, a Canadian, reported her allegation to police in Ontario. After investigating, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. decided not to file criminal charges, saying the case against Cosby was weak.

Constand sued Cosby one month later, in March 2005. She sought an unspecified amount of money on allegations of sexual assault and of defamation stemming from statements that Cosby and his agents made about her to news outlets.

As the case's notoriety grew, 13 other women came forward with similar allegations. All were prepared to serve as witnesses in Constand's case.

In legal filings, Cosby denied assaulting Constand. He said the two were acquaintances who sometimes dined alone together or with friends.

Contact staff writer Natalie Pompilio at 215-854-2813 or npompilio@phillynews.com.

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