“Bill Cosby’s biggest threat isn’t the many women who are now coming forward to accuse him of sexual abuse from years ago,” says an article in The Hollywood Reporter, which continues, “Instead, Bill Cosby’s biggest danger is Bill Cosby.
“The comedian is now facing a lawsuit from Tamara Green, who claims that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby when she tried to help him find investors for a club in the 1970s. The woman isn’t suing Cosby for the abuse but rather what’s been said in recent months about the incident. In a defamation lawsuit being handled by a trial attorney who once represented Paula Jones against Bill Clinton, Green asserts that her reputation was hurt by being called a liar by Cosby through his publicist and lawyer.”
Notes USA Today, “Green first told her story in 2005 on the Today show [see below] and in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper and has since told it to multiple media outlets this year.
“Each time, she asserts, Cosby, through his lawyers or his publicist, denied her allegations, defaming her by declaring them ‘absolutely false.’ The suit claims Cosby’s publicist, David Brokaw, also defamed her after she later told her story to Newsweek.”
Green says she was a 19 year old model when she was allegedly assaulted by Cosby. She later became a lawyer.
The USA Today adds, ” ‘This lawsuit provides an opportunity for Ms. Green and Mr. Cosby to litigate the truth or falsity of the comments,” [Green’s lawyer Joseph] Cammarata said. ‘It provides them an opportunity to have their day in court, to present evidence and allow a jury to determine who is telling the truth and who isn’t. It’s that simple.’
“Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer of Los Angeles, issued a statement responding to Green’s lawsuit. ‘We are very confident that we will prevail in this proceeding and we will pursue claims against the attorneys who filed this action,’ he said.”
Adds the Hollywood Reporter article, which was written by Eriq Gardner, “Time will tell whether the comments really amount to labeling the plaintiff a liar, whether Cosby is responsible for statements made by his reps and whether the reps knew or should have known that their responses were false. But at the very least, it’s a public example of why in the midst of a media frenzy over the allegations, Cosby has chosen to remain silent about claims. Awkward maybe, but there’s probably some purpose.”
If you click on the link to THR, above, you can find a copy of the defamation suit filed by Green.
Here’s Green making her allegations against Cosby on the “Today” show in 2005, in an interview with Matt Lauer. At that time her allegations were already 30 years old. When Green made these allegations public in 2005, only one other woman had come forward publicly, using her own name, to say that Cosby had also allegedly sexual assaulted her.