Comedian Bill Cosby Places Lawsuit On Beverly Johnson For Lying About An Encounter That Happened In The Past
|Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson For Making False Accusations|
Cosby's lawsuit says Johnson joined other women making accusations against him to revive her waning career and to help sell copies of her memoir.
The lawsuit alleges defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, saying Cosby and Johnson never spent any time alone in his house, he never drugged her and "her story is a lie."
"I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby," Johnson said in a statement.
"In cases of rape and abuse, abusers will do whatever they can to intimidate and weaken their victims to force them to stop fighting. I ask for your support of all of the victims involved."
More than 40 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby, 78, of assaulting them over four decades, usually saying he drugged them first.
No criminal charges have been filed against Cosby.
Cosby is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction requiring Johnson to retract her statements.
He is also asking for the removal of the chapter about Cosby in future copies of Johnson's memoir and the removal of the chapter from unsold copies.
Last week, Cosby filed a countersuit against seven other women who accused him of sexual assault and sued him for defamation.
Cosby said the women's accusations hurt his reputation so much that plans for a new family comedy on NBC were derailed.