USA TODAY – Bill Cosby is claiming defamation in a lawsuit filed Monday against seven of his accusers.
“Mr. Cosby states plainly that he neither drugged no sexually assaulted the defendants and that each defendant has maliciously and knowingly published multiple false statements and accusations from Fall 2014 through the current day in an effort to cause damage to Mr. Cosby’s reputation and to extract financial gains,” Cosby’s attorney, Monique Pressley, tells USA TODAY in a statement.
The suit, filed in federal court, is aimed at Massachusetts accusers Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie. The lawyer’s statement adds that the “false…opportunistic” allegations have caused Cosby to suffer loss of jobs and “mortification.”
The seven women have joined together in a defamation suit against Cosby in federal court in Massachusetts (where he lives), originally filed last year by three accusers. It’s the largest of the half dozen civil lawsuits filed against Cosby in recent months.
All are known accusers who have come forward publicly in various forums to accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them in episodes dating back to the mid-1960s.