Incarcerated former television icon Bill Cosby has agreed to settle lawsuits filed by seven women who say he defamed them when he accused them of lying about sexual misconduct allegations, the AP reports, citing court documents filed Friday in Massachusetts.
Cosby, 81, is currently serving a prison sentence of three to 10 years in Pennsylvania after being convicted of sexual assault in a separate case. The court papers filed in Springfield, Mass., show that the two sides have negotiated a settlement since Cosby went to prison, the AP reports.
“The judge overseeing the defamation case in Massachusetts must still approve the settlement. The terms are confidential,” the AP reports. “It’s not yet clear whether Cosby will now drop his counterclaims against the seven women, including one who recently died. They are among the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. He has denied their allegations and is appealing his Pennsylvania conviction.”
The report quotes lawyer Joseph Cammarata, who represents the women, saying today that “each plaintiff is satisfied with the settlement.” He declined to comment further.