Bill Cosby has hit back at seven women who have accused him of sexual assault, filing a countersuit for defamation, claiming that they interfered with his Netflix and NBC deals that were canned after allegations resurfaced last year.
The suit, filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts, claims that the women tarnished Cosby’s “honorable legacy and reputation” by “willfully, maliciously, and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of multidecade-old purported sexual misconduct.” Accusers Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie are named as defendants in the countersuit.
Green filed the first suit late last year, with Serignese and Traitz joining that suit soon after. Bowman, Tarshis, Moritz and Leslie joined the complaint in November.
In their complaints, the women sued Cosby and, in some cases, his legal team for defamation after he denied their accusations of sexual assault. Most of the accusers cannot sue for sexual assault, as the alleged incidents took place decades ago and have passed the statute of limitations.
Cosby and his legal team have rarely brought up the projects trashed by Netflix and NBC in November 2014, as resurfaced allegations began to gain steam. The most recent suit, however, claims that the accusations cost Cosby the deals.
“Each Counterclaim Defendant induced both NBC and Netflix to postpone or cancel their contracts with Mr. Cosby by engaging in a campaign to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s reputation and character,” reads Cosby’s suit.
Cosby is being represented by Christopher Tayback of Quinn Emanuel, John Egan and attorney Monique Pressley. He was previously represented by Marty Singer, but switched legal teams in October.