Bill Cosby’s image as “America’s Dad” was tarnished after dozens of women accused the former TV star of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Cosby’s defense team was dealt a blow Wednesday when a judge said a sexual assault case against the embattled comedian could go forward. Here’s a list of all the legal cases plaguing Cosby:
More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, however, he has only been criminally charged in one case. The 78-year-old comedian was arrested in December and charged with aggravated indecent assault over the alleged drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office. Constand, a former Temple University employee, said she was drugged with multiple pills and then assaulted at Cosby’s Pennsylvania home in 2004.
Cosby’s defense attorneys had tried to get the charges dismissed, saying their client was protected under a 2005 agreement Cosby had made with the Montgomery County District Attorney that Cosby would “never be prosecuted” in Constand’s case if he gave deposition testimony. In the deposition, Cosby admits he gave his accuser the drug Quaaludes, the Associated Press reports. A judge on Wednesday refused to throw out the case, rejecting the immunity defense, according to the AP.
Judy Huth claims Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old, her lawyer Gloria Allred told TIME on Thursday. Huth alleges that Cosby gave her alcohol and then molested her in a bedroom suite, according to a December 2014 court filing. Cosby, who was first deposed in the case in October 2015, was ordered on Tuesday to give a second deposition in Huth’s civil lawsuit, Allred said. Allred has 29 clients who allege they are victims of Cosby, but Huth is the only one who has sued the entertainer.
Model and reality TV personality Janice Dickinson is suing Cosby for defamation in California. Last month, the California Courts of Appeal ruled that Dickinson cannot depose Cosby until she has proven that she has sufficient evidence under California law to move forward with her defamation claim, Cosby’s lawyer Monique Pressley said in a statement. Dickinson said Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe, but she did not tell police for fear of retaliation, according to Reuters.
Kristina Ruehli, 72, of New Hampshire, filed a defamation lawsuit against Cosby last November in federal court in Massachusetts, according to the New York Times. Ruehli says Cosby falsely accused her of lying when she came forward last year and said he raped her in 1965 at his Los Angeles home.
Seven Other Accusers
Seven women say Cosby sexually abused them decades ago and then later defamed them, according to a civil lawsuit they filed last November in federal court in Springfield, Mass. Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie claim Cosby’s representatives defamed them by issuing public statements in 2014 saying their accusations were not true, the AP reported.
Cosby fired back against those seven specific accusers, filing a counter defamation lawsuit against them last December in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. Cosby’s lawyers called the women’s lawsuit an intentional bid to “assassinate his character” for money. He also said it brought him emotional distress and caused “substantial injuries” to his reputation. Cosby later filed another defamation lawsuit in the Superior Court of California against another accuser, Beverly Johnson, who made similar claims. Cosby’s lawyers said in a statement that Johnson’s accusations that he drugged her were “entirely fabricated” and “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to resuscitate her own career.”
Chloe Goins, a former model who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, ditched her civil lawsuit against him, the AP reported Tuesday. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office had declined to file criminal charges in the case. Goins, 25, was the youngest and most recent of Cosby’s accusers, according to USA Today.
Another defamation case against Cosby filed in October by Renita Hill was also dismissed last month “with prejudice,” Cosby’s lawyers said in a statement. A federal judge ruled that Hill, 48, cannot try to amend and re-file her suit. “None of the facts alleged by (the) plaintiff supported her claims for defamation, false light or intentional infliction of emotional distress under Pennsylvania law,” Pressley said.
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