After a whirlwind year and a tarnished reputation, Bill Cosby is firing back at allegations that he sexually assaulted and drugged over 40 women by filing a defamation lawsuit against seven of his accusers who live in Massachusetts.
Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie are the women involved in a new countersuing lawsuit filed by Cosby in federal court Monday (Dec. 14). The filings arrive on the same day that yet another honorary degree was rescinded from him- this time from Boston University.
Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley told USA TODAY that her client “states plainly that he neither drugged nor 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.” The women joined together in Massachusetts, where Cosby lives, to file a joint lawsuit against the actor/comedian.
Famed attorney Gloria Allred later spoke to news outlets. She’s one of the six lawyers handling the civil lawsuits against Cosby in federal court and represents many of the women who have accused Cosby of lascivious acts.
“Bill Cosby appears to be going to war against women who have sued him in Massachusetts and who allege that he has victimized them,” she said. “Although I do not represent the women in that case, I do believe that in general such a tactic will not deter courageous women from fighting the battle against him.”