Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson For Defamation

On week after filing defamation lawsuits against seven of his accusers, Bill Cosby sued Beverly Johnson on Monday claiming the supermodel lied about him drugging her and attempting to sexually assault her in the 1980s.

Via The Associated Press:

Cosby’s lawsuit contends Johnson has been using the story to try to rekindle her career.

Johnson’s “false allegations against Mr. Cosby have been the centerpiece of her attempted resurgence and she has played them to the hilt, repeatedly and maliciously publishing the false accusations in articles, interviews, and television appearances,” Cosby’s lawsuit states.

It seeks unspecified damages and an injunction preventing the model from repeating her claims that the comedian drugged her with a cappuccino in his New York home in the 1980s. Johnson, 63, first described the incident in a piece for Vanity Fair magazine, and has recounted it and her angry reaction to Cosby in several interviews and a memoir released in August.

A call to Johnson’s publicist Ann-Marie Nieves was not immediately returned.

Cosby’s lawsuit states that a dinner described by Johnson was attended by his wife and he never spent time alone with the supermodel.

Cosby’s response comes in the wake of counterclaims his attorneys filed last week in a Massachusetts federal court against seven women who are suing him there for defamation. Those women contend Cosby defamed them by allowing his representatives to brand them as liars.

Bill Cosby and his lawyers are currently fighting to keep his wife, Camille, from having to give a sworn deposition in the defamation lawsuit filed by seven of his accusers.

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