Bill Cosby sued for defamation by sexual assault accuser
By Lacey Johnson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby was sued for defamation on Wednesday in Massachusetts by a sexual assault accuser who said he branded her a liar in public statements made through his representatives denying her allegations of abuse.
The eight-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, is at least the third lawsuit arising from a wave of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Cosby by more than a dozen women during the past several years.
The plaintiff in Wednesday's case, Tamara Green, 66, a lawyer who lives near San Diego, claims Cosby drugged her at a Los Angeles cafe with pills he told her were cold tablets, then sexually assaulted her at her apartment, leaving her two $100 bills on a coffee table before he left.
The alleged assault occurred in the early 1970s, the lawsuit said, while Green, then an aspiring model and singer, was helping Cosby raise money from investors to open a club.
Neither the onetime network television star, who now resides in western Massachusetts, nor his attorney or spokesman was immediately available for comment.
The lawsuit said previous denials by an attorney and a publicist representing Cosby in response to those allegations when they were published in Newsweek magazine in February and the Washington Post in November were false and defamatory.
Green is seeking unspecified punitive damages, asserting that Cosby himself is liable for the conduct of his legal and press representatives.
The complaint was filed on her behalf by Joseph Cammarata, an attorney who initially represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit in the late 1990s against then-President Bill Clinton. Continued...