A settlement has been reached in a defamation suit filed by a group of women against Bill Cosby, according to new court documents.
A lawyer for the seven women — who claimed the disgraced comic sexually assaulted them and later defamed them by labeling their stories as lies — filed papers Friday in federal court in Springfield, Mass., saying the two sides have settled and seeking to dismiss the claims.
“Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendant William H. Cosby, Jr. have been settled,” attorney Joseph Cammarata wrote. “Each Plaintiff is satisfied with the settlement.”
But a statement on Cosby’s social media pages claimed his insurance company, AIG, had settled the cases “without the knowledge, permission and/or consent of Mr. Cosby,”
“Mr. Cosby did not settle any cases with anyone,” reads the statement. “Mr. Cosby vehemently denies the allegations brought against him in these defamation suits and he maintains his innocence.”
It also says Cosby — who was locked up last year after for drugging and sexually assaulting another woman in 2004 — will still pursue counterclaims against the women for harming his reputation.
The women in the suit — who include attorney Tamara Green, artist Barbara Bowman and nurse Therese Serignese — had claimed the convicted sex offender defamed them by labeling them liars after they went public with allegations of assault against him.
One plaintiff, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” actress Louisa Moritz, died in January, but Cammarata said at the time that her estate would take her place in the suit.
Mortiz had alleged that Cosby assaulted her before an appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in 1971.
The judge overseeing the case must still approve the settlement. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
With Post wires
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