In the same week that yet another woman accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her, his lawyer has asked a federal judge to dismiss three others’ claims.
Accusers Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz claim they were assaulted by Cosby decades ago — and now they’re suing for defamation, alleging he called them liars when they came forward with their accusations.
Cosby’s Hollywood power lawyer Martin Singer fired back Friday in a motion to throw out their suit: “The law does not require that one stand idly by while he is publicly attacked. Instead, the law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims.”
Singer added, “Mr. Cosby denies each and every one of the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at him,” and argued the trio’s suit is “a misuse of the law of defamation to attempt an end run around the relevant statutes of limitations for the alleged assaults.”
The papers Singer filed in Massachusetts further stated: “While each [plaintiff] claims she was ‘branded’ a liar, not one was called a liar.” The women have until March 20 to respond.
Even if these lawsuits get dismissed, it’s like putting a band-aid on cancer.
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