Attorneys representing fallen TV icon Bill Cosby are celebrating a win in federal appeals court in Boston, after the court decided on Wednesday not to revive a defamation suit against Cosby that was filed by Katherine McKee, Vanity Fair reports.
The report notes that McKee is a former girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr. and former acquaintance of Cosby who has alleged that Cosby raped her at a party in the 1970s.
“Cosby’s lawyers met that story with a letter demanding a retraction,” Vanity Fair reports. “McKee’s suit claims the letter constituted defamation, but a panel of judges did not agree. The letter was protected by the First Amendment, the Boston court ruled, and the fact that McKee had made her story part of public record disqualified her case.”
Judge Sandra Lynch reportedly wrote: “McKee took concerted steps meant to influence the public’s perception of whether Cosby was, in fact, a sexual predator.”
The report notes that Cosby’s lawyers posted a victory statement on Cosby’s Facebook page, where news of the court victory followed a post celebrating the 33rd anniversary of “The Cosby Show.”
Cosby’s retrial on criminal charges in Pennsylvania remains on track for next April.
Here’s a portion of the Facebook post on the court decision …