Bill Cosby is Suing the Women Who Accused Him of Rape


Bill Cosby, who has been accused by more than 40 women of sexual assault, is suing several of his accusers, claiming they lied about being raped for financial gain.


 

Bill Cosby, now 78, has largely been disgraced in the public eye after dozens of women came forward with stories of being sexually assaulted by the comedian. Cosby has either denied these allegations or refused to address them.

Now, Cosby is seeking monetary damages in a lawsuit against 7 of the women who accused him of date rape. The lawsuit calls the accusations “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him.”

In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2014, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution is mounting a major showcase of African-American art and African art together in a new exhibit featuring the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. More than 60 rarely seen African-American artworks from the Cosby collection will join 100 pieces of African art at the National Museum of African Art. The exhibit “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” opens Sunday and will be on view through early 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Comedian Bill Cosby’s family-friendly image has been tarnished by allegations that he drugged and raped dozens of women over the course of his career. Cosby is seeking monetary damages in a lawsuit against 7 of the women who accused him of date rape. The lawsuit calls the accusations “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him.”  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Cosby’s lawsuit comes after seven of his accusers sued him for damages, thus making it a counter-suit.
BBC World News has more:

“Their lawsuit alleges Mr Cosby and his representatives sought to tarnish their reputations after they went public with their claims of sexual misconduct. Mr Cosby has repeatedly denied the accusations and has never been criminally charged. However, the accusers say Mr Cosby – over a period of decades – plied them with alcohol, drugged them and sexually assaulted them. The lawsuit contends that the women “engaged in a campaign to assassinate” his reputation and character.
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.”


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Timothy Bertrand
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