Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers' defamation suit

By Drum Digital
28 February 2015

Bill Cosby's lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.

The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosby's representatives publicly branded them as liars while trying to defend his innocence. But Cosby's lawyers said the actor was merely acting in self-defense as his character was under attack.

"The law does not require that one stand idly by while he is publicly attacked," the lawyers argue in their 38-page filing.

"Instead the law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims."

Joseph Cammarata, a lawyer for the three accusers, said his clients disagree with that position.

"We believe that the law provides that when you make a public statement about an individual, it must be truthful," he said.

Cosby's lawyers said their client denies all of the allegations of sexual misconduct.

Tamara Green, a California lawyer, said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in her Los Angeles-area apartment in the early 1970s.

Therese Serignese said Cosby drugged and raped her in a dressing room after a show in Las Vegas around 1976.

And Linda Traitz alleged he tried to drug her and then groped her on a California beach in about 1970.

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