Bill Cosby's Attorney Fires Back After Settling of Defamation Case

A settlement has been reached in a defamation case against Bill Cosby — but representatives for the comedian say he didn’t cut the deal

A settlement has been reached in a defamation case against Bill Cosby — but representatives for the comedian say he didn’t cut the deal

"Mr. Cosby vehemently denies the allegations brought against him in these defamation suits and he maintains his innocence", the rep added.

AIG was involved in the case because it was obligated to pay for legal services in defamation cases for Cosby under the provisions of his homeowners policy.

But a statement posted to Cosby's Twitter and Instagram pages denied he settled "any cases" and said the AIG insurance firm did so without the "knowledge, permission and/or consent of Mr. Cosby".

On Friday, an attorney for the women, Joseph Cammarata, announced that they have settled their case and they seek to dismiss the lawsuit.

In response to the allegations outlined by Wyatt, AIG issued a statement saying the company "does not comment publicly on specific claims issues". "Certain insurance policies provide insurers with the authority to resolve claims when the insured has been informed".

The original lawsuit by the women - Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie - was filed in 2014 but had been put on hold while Cosby was the subject of a criminal trial in Pennsylvania.

Cosby, 81, was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison last September after he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

One of the woman, Moritz, an actress who appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Love, American Style and Match Game, died in January.

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Mortiz had alleged that Cosby assaulted her before an appearance on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" in 1971.

Dozens of women have claimed Cosby sexually assaulted them, but most claims would've been outside the statute of limitations in their respective jurisdictions.

The ladies-Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie-told a federal judge in MA they were now satisfied by the settlement with the 81-year-old disgraced actor and their claims of being defamed by him were resolved, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Cosby's wife, Camille, had been ordered to give a deposition in the defamation case in 2016, after a heated fight over her testimony.

Cosby's counterclaims against the seven women remain pending and it is unknown whether they will be dropped.

Bill Cosby will be placed in a state prison facility in the near future. He is also facing civil actions in California. The following year, the former sitcom star once known as "America's dad" filed a counter-suit alleging that they had defamed his character and intentionally derailed an upcoming television opportunity.

Cosby, who played the role of lovable father Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the NBC hit "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, has denied the allegations.

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