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Friday, 4 November 2016

Bill Cosby Wins in Pennsylvania Court; Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed

It was a win for Bill Cosby in court on Thursday.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania sided with the disgraced comedian and granted Cosby's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit, according to court records. 

Renita Hill, one of the more than 50 women who have publicly accused Cosby of assault, filed the civil suit in October alleging that the actor and his lawyer defamed Hill in the media, court records show.

Judge Arthur J. Schwab dismissed the three claims against Cosby, ruling that the statements "do not support a claim for defamation as defined by Pennsylvania law," according to the ruling.

Hill's claims of defamation cite three instances in which Cosby and his team said the accusers needed to be fact-checked.

In November 2014, following Hill's public accusation of rape, Cosby and his lawyer told The Washington Post that the women coming forward had "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories."

That same day, Cosby declined to respond to the "innuendos" being made about him to Florida Today, stating that "people should fact-check."

Shortly afterward, the comedian's wife, Camille Cosby, wrote a letter to The Washington Post claiming that news organizations failed to "vet" her husband's accusers.

In the ruling Thursday, Schwab found no grounds for defamation, writing that the multiple claims were "pure opinion" and a "far cry from labeling [Hill] (and the other women who have made similar public assertions) as liars or extortionists."

"None of the facts alleged by [Hill] supported her claims for defamation, false light, or intentional infliction of emotional distress under Pennsylvania law," Cosby's lawyers said in a statement after the ruling. "It is our hope that courts in other jurisdictions with similar matters will respond in like manner."

Hill's lawyer said the decision will be appealed.

"We are disappointed, but remain committed to seeking justice in this matter. We strongly disagree with the judge's reasoning that Cosby's statements are constitutionally protected opinions," George Kontos, Renita Hill's lawyer, told CNN.

Cosby is in the middle of a litany of lawsuits, ranging from defamation to sexual assault, with several women who have publicly accused the actor of drugging and sexual assault.

In December, a Pennsylvania district attorney charged the comedian with "aggravated indecent assault" for the 2004 alleged sexual attack on Andrea Constand.
Cosby's lawyers say that case is "unjustified."

Cnn.com reportage.



16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't believe all these stories about Bill Clinton. H just fell into a trap set up by the illuminati because he was no longer useful to them. That is how they destroy people, they fabricate stories and hang you up before the world and you have been sentenced before being judged.

Blessing said...

this is too bad

peace maker said...

Those shameless women should go and sit down. A man raped u and u waited for 30 something years to speak up.A buch of spineless fellows

charitybino said...

He is so old now.

Teemahs_hub said...

Perv...

The General's Wife said...

Don't even know what to say anymore.
Like I still can't believe he did all that. I just can't reconcile my Dr Huxtable with Bill Cosby.
But in all,J just feel sad for him. For the man I thought I knew. For Dr Huxtable.

queenette Okeke said...

They should let the man be already, I'm still a big fan, he gave me most of my childhood laughs

She's Electric said...

When pussy full everywhere in the abroad na this oga dey molest babes.. It's time to pay for your wayward ways

She's Electric said...

Let him be you said? And you're a lady? Please never support molesters of any form. Waiting for buttercup, blossom and bubbles to be accused of molesting men

Spicy April said...

Aww after all the abuses and insult, even BP would've killed the man. Now he is free. Meaning those things were lies, oyibo won't allow him go if they've not proved its a setup. Congratulations Bill.

She's Electric said...

If what you've said is true then let him suffer more. Shebi he chop their money? He has enjoyed their fame so he should pay for it either way

Ella 'R said...

@Anon07:12 Bill Wetin?

Anonymous? Lol said...

LMAO! @she's electric, nooo abeg! Not my girls! Lol! Or super Ted be Spotty's gay boo! Lol! But really these are just allegations. One too many,true. But Statute of limitations dey nah. I hope it's not true. If it is he may escape man's judgment but never God's!

Anonymous? Lol said...

Mmmmmmmmmuaahhhhhhhh!!!!!

She's Electric said...

Lol @ Bill Clinton

Anonymous said...

True

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