Updated at 6:52 p.m., Pacific Time, on Dec. 14, 2015, to revise the headline and item itself to include a link to the actual suit filed by Cosby
Bill Cosby has filed a lawsuit against seven of the women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault. USA Today reports that the suit, filed today, accuses the women of defamation.
Cosby’s lawsuit is actually a countersuit “against the seven women who are suing him for defamation, accusing them of making false accusations of sexual misconduct for financial gain,” reports NECN. [NECN stands for New England Cable News, a regional, 24-hour service owned by Comcast.] Cosby filed his countersuit in Massachusetts, and the NECN report has the actual, full 89 page court filing made by Cosby’s attorneys. To read it you can click here and then scroll down until you see the court filing.
In a statement to USA Today, Cosby attorney Monique Pressley said: “Mr. Cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants and that each defendant has maliciously and knowingly published multiple false statements and accusations from Fall 2014 through the current day in an effort to cause damage to Mr. Cosby’s reputation and to extract financial gains.”
USA Today adds: “The suit, filed in federal court, is aimed at Massachusetts accusers Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie. The lawyer’s statement adds that the ‘false…opportunistic’ allegations have caused Cosby to suffer loss of jobs and ‘mortification.'”
The seven women are part of a defamation lawsuit against Cosby.