“Two women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual offenses decades ago have joined a defamation lawsuit, contending the comedian publicly branded them as liars through statements by his representatives,” reports the Associated Press.
The story says, “Cosby is the only defendant in the lawsuit, originally filed last month by Tamara Green, who said he drugged and assaulted her in the 1970s. The two new plaintiffs are Therese Serignese, who said he drugged and raped her in 1976, and Linda Traitz, who alleges he tried to drug her and then sexually groped her in 1970.
Green, a lawyer herself, first made her accusations against Cosby in 2005. Cosby, through his representatives, has maintained that he does not know Green and that the assault never took place.
The story notes that “Serignese and Traitz, who are from Florida, allege in the amended complaint that when they came forward separately last November, [Cosby lawyer Martin] Singer issued responses for Cosby that said they and other accusers were lying.”
The article also says that “Cosby’s publicist David Brokaw and lawyer Martin Singer did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. Singer has said he expected to prevail in the original lawsuit.”