Cosby Files Federal Lawsuit Against His Accusers

Bill cosby, 78, is fighting back against seven of the more than 40 women who came out publically saying he drugged and sexually assaulted them. Cosby filed a defamation lawsuit for unspecified monetary damages and emotional distress, denying the allegations and saying it was just an opportunistic attempt for financial gain.

The seven named accusers in the suit are Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.  Mr Cosby has admitted in court proceedings that he obtained and gave women sedatives over the years, but he maintained that the women took the drugs willingly.

"This was expected," said the attorney representing the women, Joseph Cammarata. "It’s a page out of a defense lawyer’s playbook. It’s curious to me how there can be scores of other ladies who have come out, and yet Mr. Cosby has singled out seven of them to bring a claim against. It’s seems a bit retaliatory to me.”

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, came the same day that Boston University decided to revoke the honorary degree conferred on Cosby in 2014, joining many other colleges and universities who have already decided to take away similar degrees this year.

Cosby became famous for being a comedian and actor, and in his later years he advocated for higher education and earned honorary degrees at several universities.

"The Board’s decision was based on a determination, supported by Mr. Cosby’s sworn deposition testimony, that his treatment of women has brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself and is inconsistent with the University’s mission and values," said Boston University president Robert A. Brown in a statement.

Media companies such as NBC and Netflix also decided to no longer participate in television projects with Cosby.

A statement posted to Twitter by Cosby's attorney Monique Pressley said that his accusers' "multi-decade old, false, uncorroborated, opportunistic allegations of sexual assault have caused and continue to cause him substantial injuries and damages to reputation, business contracts, shame, mortification, damages to property, business, trade, profession and occupation."

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