Bill Cosby is fighting back against several woman who have sued him, claiming he sexually assaulted them decades ago. The embattled comedy legend has now countersued seven of them, claiming that they are maliciously trying to destroy his name and assassinate his character.
According to his lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Bill says the women have made "malicious, opportunistic, false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct against him." He is saying that the women's claims have given him "emotional distress," while denying that he drugged them and sexually assaulted them, a claim that dozens of other women have also made against him. Model Janice Dickinson has also filed a separate lawsuit.
Bill has never been charged for a crime pertaining to the claims.
It's believed that there are seven different lawsuits that name the comedian, all of them essentially accusing him of sexual assault. According to the Smoking Gun, he was last sued in 2005 by another woman who also claimed she had been sexually abused by Bill. The case was settled out of court for an unspecified amount.
In his countersuit against Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie, the once beloved TV dad says the women simply wanted to crush his television return. He thinks the whole thing is just a money grab.
In the documents, he claims that he was going to star in a new family comedy series on NBC but says the women drummed up phony allegations to ensure that that didn't happen.
The countersuit says the women's claims have caused him shame and mortification by their "morally repugnant conduct."
The women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata, said in October, "These people were held up to public ridicule and a character assassination when they came forward to tell their story of abuse or assault at the hands of Mr. Cosby. This is their opportunity to have their day in court and to attempt to restore their good name and reputation."