Bill Cosby takes the Colin Craig route: defamation suits filed as sexual misconduct is denied

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Disgraced TV icon Bill Cosby, who allegedly used his celebrity status over the years to sexually assault more than 50 women, has filed a defamation suit against seven of his accusers.

The comedian, 78, once among America’s biggest television stars, filed the suit in a court in Springfield, Massachusetts, his lawyer Monique Pressley said in a statement.

Cosby’s suit, accusing the women of defamation and “intentional infliction of emotional distress”, staunchly rejects the sex assault allegations that have derailed his career and sullied his once sterling reputation.

“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” against him, the statement said.

The allegations of rape and sex assault were part of “an effort to cause damage to Mr Cosby’s reputation and to extract financial gains” from him, the layer said.

Pressley added that the allegations have caused “significant and lasting discredit” to actor’s reputation.

The suit does not seek specific damages, but asks that the court impose the maximum monetary sanctions allowed by law.

There are parallels here of course.  Either the people being sued are lying and have made it all up, or they are not, and the rich people claiming defamation are suffering from being found out and exposed.

The result is the same – shame and destruction of reputation.  So the court will get to decide if people made it all up, or the litigant is using the courts to intimidate, delay and distract.

 

– AFP. via NZN


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