In a huge scandal that has come to light recently, comedy actor Bill Cosby is being sued by more than 50 women who are making claims of sexual misconduct against them on the actor’s part. Cosby has shown that he isn’t just going to sit back and take it, however, and is now suing seven of the women back for defamation.
The alleged victims of Bill Cosby have claims dating back as far as the 1960s. One of the women, known only as Dottye, claims that Bill Cosby drugged and raped her in 1984 when she visited his apartment to audition for The Cosby Show.
To back up her story, Dottye has shown a black cast jacket with “The Cosby Show” on the back and her own name embroidered on the front, saying that it was a gift that she received while visiting the studio.
More than 50 other women have made similar claims of sexual assault by Bill Cosby; however he continues to deny all the allegations and no criminal charges have been pressed against him yet, which is also pointed out in the counter-suit.
Now, Bill Cosby is suing seven of the women who made claims against him – Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and Angela Leslie. He maintains his story that he never drugged or raped any of these women, and Cosby is seeking punitive damages and compensation for the lost business contracts and damage to his career that resulted from their claims against him.
In the suit, it is pointed out that the claims of the women against Bill Cosby came at what is perceived to be an “opportunistic” time, after it was announced that Cosby would be making a “television resurgence” in an upcoming NBC comedy show that has since been canceled.
The lawsuit calls the claims against Cosby “malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct” and, according to Cosby’s lawyer, demands that the women “publicly retract and correct their defamatory statements.”
The lawsuit further claims that the women suing Bill Cosby were “engaged in a campaign to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s reputation and character by willfully, maliciously, and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of multi-decade-old purported sexual misconduct,” and that it was “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him.”
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