This legal battle just got a lot messier.
For months, accuser after accuser has come forward, claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. As the number of alleged victims has grown, more and more of these women have joined forces in a defamation lawsuit against the actor.
Last year, Tamara Green first filed the complaint in Massachusetts, and since then Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz, Angela Leslie, Linda Joy Traitz, and Therese Serignese have joined the suit.
But now, the scandalized star is firing back.
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The 78-year-old has filed his own defamation claim against those seven ladies, saying that they fabricated their stories about him.
His lawyer, Monique Pressley, has issued a statement, saying:
"Mr. Cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants and that each defendant has maliciously and knowingly published multiple false statements and accusations in an effort to cause damage to Mr. Cosby's reputation and to extract financial gains."
The comedian is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages, and wants his accusers to retract their statements.
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