Jan 28, 2016

Bill Cosby Wins Defamation Case

Bill Cosby has won a case against a woman who sued him for defaming her after he denied allegations of sexual assault.

It has been widely reported that Mr Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by almost 60 women. At the end of 2015, prosecutors in Pennsylvania charged the comedian with an alleged sexual assault in 2004.

Seven of the women that have accused him are currently suing him, claiming he portrayed them as liars and extortionists when they publicly accused him.  In December, Mr Cosby and his lawyer filed a counterclaim alleging that the women were making the claims for financial gain. He is seeking damages from the women for the emotional distress caused.

One of the women, Renita Hill filed the claim saying she had been made out to be a liar when Mr Cosby, his wife and his lawyer denied her claims of sexual assault. Ms Hill alleged that Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her several times after they met on the TV show Picture Pages when she was 16 years old.

Judge Arthur Schwab has dismissed Ms Hill's case stating that her claims "do not support a claim for defamation as defined by Pennsylvania law." The Judge also stated that the claims were "pure opinion". As the case has been dismissed and it cannot be refiled and the action by Ms Hill is at an end.

Mr Cosby is currently on one million dollar bail for the claims of sexual assault and is due back in court next month.

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