bill cosby sues alleged victims
Cosby is so distressed in fact, that he’s sued 7 of the accusers, claiming they lied about him for financial gain.
We’re not sure where that leaves the accusations that have been made by the estimated 43 plus other women, who have all come forward in the past year, with allegations of rape or unwanted sexual contact—but then, they haven’t sued the scandal plagued TV star.
Cosby has come down hard on the 7 that have filed suit against him though—claiming in a countersuit that the women made "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations" against him.
Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie, are suing the 78-year-old for defaming them by allowing his reps to brand them liars over their sexual misconduct claims.
Cosby insists however that they ARE all lying, stating in his court documents that they have "engaged in a campaign to assassinate" his reputation and character. He says their allegations are "nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him."
Waxing lyrical about his work as an entertainer and philanthropist, the countersuit says Cosby "prides himself in the legacy and reputation he has earned throughout his life" and goes on to accuse the women of causing him shame and mortification by their "morally repugnant conduct."
Joseph Cammarata, the attorney representing the 7 women, has hit back at Cosby’s claims, saying "no one should be surprised" at his lawsuit.
"It's a standard defense attorney’s play," Cammarata tells ABC News.
"My seven clients intend to vigorously proceed with their case and move forward as expeditiously as possible to get their day in court because each one of them are confident that their good name and reputation will be restored at the end of the day.
"They will be found to be the truth-tellers."
As Popdust previously reported, an estimated 50 women have now come forward with eerily similar accusations—claiming they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby over the years.
Cosby has vehemently denied all of the claims—and, as of time of posting, has not been arrested, or charged in connection with any of the allegations—insisting he is innocent of any wrong doing—even after a truly sickening deposition from 2005, surfaced earlier this year.
The deposition relates to a civil case brought against Cosby by Andrea Constand—a Temple University basketball manager, who claims the comedian drugged and sexually abused her ten years ago—in it, Cosby admits to drugging Constand before intercourse, with one-and-a-half tablets of Benadryl in her drink, to help relieve her “stress”—but denies the sex was non-consensual.
At a later point in the deposition—which encompassed four days of intense questioning by Constand’s attorney, and includes sworn statements from 13 other women, supporting Constant, and claiming they too had been sexually assaulted by the comedian—the married Cosby testifies to several sexual interludes with young women, including a 19-year-old model who masturbated him with lotion.
He also admits to seducing another lucky lady by pretending to be concerned over her dad’s cancer diagnosis.
Promising assistance in his object of desire’s acting and modeling careers was another seduction tactic he typically employed, according to the deposition.
In the documents, Cosby goes on to claim that offering girls Quaaludes is just like offering them a drink, but, when asked if he thought a woman was capable of giving consent under the influence of the drug, he admitted, “I don’t know.”
Cosby ultimately settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
In the countersuit, that was filed today in federal court, Cosby is seeking monetary damages "to the maximum extent permitted by law."
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