Bill Cosby Accusers Seek Dismissal of Defamation Claims

Bill Cosby Sexual Assult
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Seven women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault say that their statements “are substantially true” and are asking a federal court  to dismiss his legal claims that they defamed him.

Accusers Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie were named in a countersuit that Cosby filed last month. The also cited a series of other defenses in a filing in federal court in Massachusetts, including that his defamation claims are barred by the statute of limitations and that Cosby was “libel-proof” at the time of the alleged defamation. They also say that their statements “are protected by the good motive and fair comment privilege.”

Green filed suit against Cosby in 2014 and was later joined in her litigation by the six other women. Their claims include defamation, tied to Cosby’s denial of their accusations of sexual assault.

In Cosby’s counterclaim, his attorneys contended that the women tarnished his “honorable legacy and reputation” by “willfully, maliciously and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of multi-decade-old purported sexual misconduct.” They said that their accusations cost Cosby deals with Netflix and NBC.

But the women claim that the statements “cause no incremental harm” and were not “a substantial cause of the alleged damages.” They are seeking dismissal of Cosby’s counterclaims, and argue that his effort to obtain an injunction would violate the First Amendment.

Last week, Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault in a case involving Andrea Constand in 2004, when she was director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team. Cosby’s attorneys called the criminal case “unjustified” and said that their client would be exonerated.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced that they would not file criminal charges against Cosby in an investigation of sexual assault allegations from 1965 and another from 2008. The D.A. cited the statute of limitations and lack of sufficient evidence.

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  1. Adam says:

    It’s funny, the women are now using the “oh @#$% he called our bluff” defense and are now trying to wiggle out of it.

  2. SeniorsTn9 says:

    Criminals gets off all the time, so why shouldn’t Cosby!
    No one should, because two wrongs don’t make a right.
    Sorry Cosby, live by the sword, die by the sword. You own it.
    This Includes wife Camille, Hefner and all Cosby accomplices!
    The rich and powerful usually escape justice = Cosby will walk.
    Medal of Freedom = Cosby = Medal now has almost zero value.
    Because corrupt justice systems often refuse to prosecute felons!
    “Right on our side” and “innocent until proven guilty” means nothing!
    Because today, winning means everything, justice means nothing!
    We are just going thru the motions forks, just going thru the motions!
    Until we fix our corrupt legal systems, we all lose. It’s that simple!
    Statistic logic confirms Cosby raped hundreds over the past fifty years.
    Court of Public Opinion = Cosby convicted “International Serial Rapist”.
    JUST CALLING IT LIKE IT IS. SAD BUT TRUE, END OF STORY!

    • Rask116 says:

      I love that word “Justice” Not! The very first words of the definition for that word is “fairness”. But no one knows how to be fair. Is it fair to allow accusation without proof! I think not. Yet in Cosby’s as well as countless others situation, this is an acceptable means to get “Justice” or “fairness”. Not one shred of true evidential proof has been provided. So far everything has been accusations with, for all anyone knows, are made up heresy’s. Lets face it! People of today think justice means “I want my pound of flesh too”! Or as in what I believe in this case is; “I want a piece of a big money pie before this man dies of old age natural causes. why!, “Because he didn’t give me what he said he would after I AGREED to give him sexual pleasures (if it really was this), so before he kicks the bucket, I’m going to abuse the power that law has granted me as an overpowered female, some 20 + years after the incident, to do my best to get a piece of the Cosby money pie.

  3. People want to make Cosby out to be what he is not. There are no mallitious bones in his body. I am glad that people are giving him peace.

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