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Bill Cosby seeks dismissal of defamation suit

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Bill Cosby and his legal team have requested a dismissal of a defamation suit brought against the comedian by three women who have accused him of sexual assault.

Cosby’s lawyers filed on Friday asking for the dismissal on the basis that the accusers did not state a claim in their lawsuit for which the courts can grant relief. Cosby also denies all of the allegations set forth in the case.

The suit was originally filed by Tamara Green, who has been joined by both Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz, who also allege Cosby sexually assaulted them in the 1970s. The women believe that Cosby’s legal team has painted them as liars, while his lawyers say that Cosby has only been acting in self-defense of his character.

While Cosby and his legal team believe the case is a misuse of the defamation law, the accusers will have the chance to present a rebuttal to Cosby’s motion and prove that their claims are supported.

Over a dozen women have come out and accused Cosby in recent months of sexual assault, resulting in the stalling or cancellation of several of his TV and comedy projects. Though Cosby has made relatively few remarks on the subject, he recently told fans that he is “far from finished.” 

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