Bill Cosby Countersues Seven Accusers of Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby filed a defamation lawsuit against seven out of the 50 women who have accused him of sexual assault.
Cosby’s suit was filed on Monday (Dec. 14, 2015) in United States District Court in Massachusetts, according to a statement from attorney Monique Pressley. The counterclaim names Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie as defendants for their “malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory” accusations of sexual misconduct.
The statement reads, via People:
“Cosby stated plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants and that each defendant has maliciously and knowingly published multiple false statements and accusations” about him “in an effort to cause damage to Mr. Cosby’s reputation and to extract financial gain.”
Pressley’s statement continues by stating that Cosby will ask that a judge “provide him relief from the defendants’ intentional campaign to assassinate his character for their own financial gain by awarding him compensatory and punitive damages.” The 78-year-old actor claims that the accusers’ “defamation” has ruined him “emotionally and financially”, rendering irreparable damage to his reputation.
Attorney Joseph Cammarata, who represents the seven women, hypothesizes that Cosby’s suit is an attempt to “shift the focus” away from the suits brought against him.
“It is curious that he has filed a claim only against these seven women, when there are scores of other women who have made similar allegations of sexual abuse and assault against Mr. Cosby,” says Cammarata. “My clients remain resolute in their desire to have their day in court, sooner rather than later, and they each expect that their good name and reputation will be restored.”