Bill Cosby Is Countersuing His Rape Accusers
Although his list of accusers is now over 50 names deep, Bill Cosby continues to deny allegations that he's a serial rapist. In fact, he's now countersuing some of his alleged victims.
The former Cosby Show star filed counterclaims in defamation lawsuits he's facing from several accusers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. These accusers are suing Cosby for libel based on Cosby and his legal reps' denials of their assault claims, since many of the reported incidents allegedly took place decades ago and a statute of limitations prevents those victims from pressing sexual assault charges. Cosby already moved to have the defamation lawsuit dismissed, but a federal judge in Massachusetts rejected the motion.
Now, despite the fact that Cosby has previously admitted to obtaining Quaaludes and dosing at least one woman he wanted to have sex with regardless of their consent, he's doubling down on his denial. The papers state that the women's allegations taint Cosby's “honorable legacy and reputation" by "relying solely on unsubstantiated accusations" and “willfully, maliciously, and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of multi-decade-old purported sexual misconduct." The lawsuit “is nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him,” according to the counterclaims.
The court papers also blame the alleged victims' suit for causing Cosby to lose several projects, saying it “induced both NBC and Netflix to postpone or cancel their contracts with Mr. Cosby by engaging in a campaign to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s reputation and character.”
Cosby's long list of accusers include former model Beverley Johnson and actress and former model Janice Dickinson, though neither are part of the defamation suit. In July of this year, 35 women shared their experiences of being allegedly drugged and assaulted by Cosby in a New York magazine profile titled "I'm No Longer Afraid."
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