Convicted intercourse offender Invoice Cosby on Friday settled a federal defamation lawsuit introduced by seven ladies who mentioned the previous actor and comic sexually assaulted them and wrongly referred to as them liars once they went public with their expenses years later.
The settlement ends a court docket combat that predates the 81-year-old’s conviction a 12 months in the past for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple College administrator, in 2004. Cosby is at present serving a Three- to 10-year sentence for that crime, although his legal professionals plan an attraction.
He was the primary superstar convicted of sexual misconduct for the reason that rise of the #MeToo motion, which forged a harsh mild on widespread patterns of sexual harassment or abuse in a number of spheres of American life and ended the careers of dozens of highly effective males in American media, politics and enterprise.
The settlement covers seven of some 50 ladies who emerged over the previous decade to degree intercourse abuse expenses towards the once-beloved star of The Cosby Present, who constructed a decades-long profession on a family-friendly type of comedy.
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All of the allegations however Constand’s had been too previous to be the topic of legal prosecution, which prompted the seven ladies to sue for defamation when Cosby accused them of mendacity.
“Every Plaintiff is glad with the settlement,” attorneys for Cosby mentioned in papers filed in U.S. District Court docket in Springfield, Massachusetts, close to one among Cosby’s houses. They didn’t disclose the phrases of the settlement.
The defamation swimsuit was filed in December 2014. One of many seven, Louisa Moritz, an actress finest recognized for showing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, died in January at age 72.
The opposite plaintiffs had been Barbara Bowman, who mentioned she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress when she was assaulted in 1985; Tamara Inexperienced, who mentioned she was a younger mannequin within the early 1970s when she was attacked; actress Angela Leslie, who mentioned her assault came about in 1992; Therese Serignese, now a registered nurse who mentioned she was 19 when she was attacked in 1976; Joan Tarshis, who mentioned she was 19 on the time of her assault in 1969; and Linda Traitz, who mentioned she was an 18-year-old waitress when she turned a sufferer in 1969.
Cosby has denied the accusations and maintained his innocence.