JUST IN: A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

A federal judge in Massachusetts dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by Katherine McKee, an actress who claimed he raped her in 1974, according to court documents.

McKee’s sexual assault allegation first appeared in a New York Daily News article in 2014. After the article was published, Cosby wrote a letter to the paper denying the claim. His lawyer asked the paper to retract the article, according to Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt.
McKee sued the comedian for defamation, seeking monetary and punitive damages, according to court documents. McKee filed the lawsuit at the end of 2015, a year after the article’s publication.
U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni ruled that McKee had not proven that Cosby had defamed her simply by denying her claims.
“An accused person cannot be foreclosed, during their responsive navigation, from considering the issuance of a simple and unequivocal denial — free from overall defamatory triggers or contextual themes,” he wrote in the decision. “Such a situation would be inconsistent with basic First Amendment principles.”
Cosby’s team agreed with the court’s ruling.
“This is another in a line of recent developments vindicating Mr. Cosby’s right to defend himself in the face of an onslaught of unverified accusations,” Wyatt told CNN in a statement.
McKee told CNN on Thursday she is “very disgusted” with the court’s ruling. She had no further comment.
Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 50 women, according to CNN’s previous reporting. Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University, was the first woman to publicly accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct, in 2004.
In her lawsuit, McKee claimed that Cosby raped her when they met at his hotel room in Detroit, according to court documents. McKee appeared on “The Bill Cosby Show” in 1971 and believed she was friends with Cosby, the court documents state.
When they met at the hotel, McKee says that she “was immediately set upon and physically attacked by Cosby,” according to court documents.
McKee told a New York Daily News reporter about the alleged incident in 2014, almost 40 years after it occurred.
After the article was published, Cosby wrote a letter to the Daily News stating that McKee’s accusations were false. The lawsuit claimed that this letter was intended to defame McKee to both readers of the Daily News and in the world at large, according to court documents.
“This is the correct outcome,” Angela C. Agrusa, Cosby’s lead civil attorney, told CNN in a statement. “It is paramount in a free society to be able to insist on one’s innocence in the face of serious public accusations, and today’s ruling reinforces that fundamental right.”
This is the second of Cosby’s cases to be dismissed. In January 2016, a federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a civil defamation lawsuit against Cosby brought by Renita Hill. Hill publicly accused Cosby of rape back in 2014, and she sued him for defamation in October 2015.
Cosby is set to stand for trial on June 5 in the Constand case in Pennsylvania. He faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.
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Bill Cosby’s Mug Shot Revealed As Comedian Is Released on $1 Million Bail

Hours after being charged by authorities in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County with aggravated indecent assault, Bill Cosby arrived in court Wednesday afternoon for his arraignment. The 78-year-old comedian, who stepped out in what many would agree to be a very Cosby sweater, arrived with a cane as he entered the Elkins Park courtroom. ABC News reports that his bail was set at $1 million. Cosby, who turned over his passport to the court, did not enter a plea.

Following the court hearing, Cosby reported to the Cheltenham Police Department, where he was processed and fingerprinted. The Montgomery County Sheriff has since released Cosby’s official mug shot:

People reports that Cosby, who was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004, was released on bail after posting 10 percent in cash.

Cosby’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2016.

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35 Of Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victims Line Up For The First Time #Photo

If Bill Cosby really raped all of these women and more, then something must have been wrong in that man’s mind.

Thirty-five of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual molestation victims have posed for a photograph on the front of the July 27 edition of New York magazine, giving their accounts of what happened to them at the hands of the now controversial “Cosby Show” star.

Coming into the light for the first time together, the publication lines the 35 women up on chairs in a visually shocking front cover snap, and displays interviews with the women in question within the
pages of the magazine.

Noreen Malone wrote within the mag: “”The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study – both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”

The testimony and photographs that appear in the mag display in no uncertain terms, the scale and diversity of the alleged abuse, with alleged victims ranging in age from their early 20s to 80, including women who were Playboy bunnies, TV writers, journalists and waitresses.

“I went into this thinking he was going to be my father. To wake up half-dressed and raped by the man that said he was going to love me like a father? That’s pretty sick,” one of the women, Barbara Bowman, 48, said of her experiences with Cosby in the ’80s. “I felt like a prisoner; I felt I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight. I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me? Nobody, nobody.”

Another victim speaking up in the mag: Cosby Show writer Sammie Mays, 57, claims an encounter with Cosby in 1987 derailed her life. “When I see Jell-O pudding, it comes flooding back,” she told the magazine. “Bill Cosby, that encounter, that one time, played a major factor in the direction my life took, toward the dark side.”

The publication is available for purchase now, and you can also see video interviews with the women on the magazine’s website.

35 doesn’t sound that much until you see a picture like the one at the top with 35 women sitting down, claiming they have been raped by the same man.

Obama Pressured To Take Back Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

President Obama is under mounting pressure to revoke a Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed on embattled comedian Bill Cosby by former President George W. Bush in 2002. But even if he wanted to take it away, does he have the presidential power to make it happen?

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award bestowed on civilians for their contributions to society. Bill Cosby does not deserve to be on the list of distinguished recipients,” the petition states. “We urge the administration to take the unprecedented action of revoking this award.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 9:  U.S. President George W. Bush presents Actor Comedian Bill Cosby with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award during a ceremony July 9, 2002 at the White House in Washington, DC. The medal is the highest civilian award given to those who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Bill Cosby Finally Admits Drugging One Woman And “Other People” For Sex

According to documents obtained by the Associated Press,the 77-year-old actor and comedian said he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,”

The news agency obtained the legal documents after they became public on Monday. Mr Cosby testified that he gave a woman three half pills of Benadryl in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee.
The 77-year-old was questioned by Dolores Troiani, a lawyer for Andrea Constand, a former women’s basketball director at Philadelphia’s Temple University where Cosby studied and was a member of the board of trustees. Constand took her rape case to court, but the case was dropped.
In one exchange between Cosby and Troiani, the comic admitted having obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, a powerful sedative drug.

“You gave them to other people?” asked the attorney.

“Yes,” replied Cosby.

Troiani then asked him:

“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”

“Yes,” replied Cosby, although a short time later he said he had misunderstood the question, and was referring only to one woman.

“I misunderstood. Woman, meaning T….., and not women,” he said.

Later in the deposition, Cosby said:

 “I meet Ms (T, whose name was redacted to preserve her anonymity) in Las Vegas. She meets me back stage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex.”

Mr Cosby settled the lawsuit outside of court in 2006 for undisclosed terms. Mr Cosby’s lawyers fought to keep the documents private and argued that revealing them to the public would ultimately embarrass their client.The entertainer resigned from the board of Temple University last December, as sexual abuse accusations against him multiplied.

Bill Cosby Breaks Silence with First Video Message to Fans Since Scandal

For the first time since numerous women have come forward alleging they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, the comedian is sending out a video message to his fans.

On Monday, The Cosby Show star released a new video of him talking on the phone, assuring his fans that he’s still performing despite the recent scandal. There is no mention of the more than 20 women who’ve claimed the 77-year-old entertainer sexually assaulted them.

“You know I’ll be hilarious,” Cosby insists about his upcoming comedy shows, this being one of his first efforts to rehabilitate his reputation.

The video also came with a message from Cosby that reads: “Dear fans, I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that’s filled with laughter… Hey, hey, hey, I’m far from finished.”

The comedian has not been charged with a crime and has yet to publicly address the allegations made by these women.


Supermodel Joins Bill Cosby Drugged List, Says Many Are Yet to Speak Out

Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest woman to come forward with allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.

In an exclusive story penned for VanityFair.com, Johnson — most notable for being the first black model to ever appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974 — writes for the first time about her alleged experience being drugged by Bill Cosby in 1986.

Johnson, now 62, says she first came into contact with Cosby when an agent told her that the comedian wanted her to audition for a role on The Cosby Show. She says she went to a taping of the show, and then talked with him in his office afterwards about the troubles she had in her previous marriage, and where she wanted to go in her career moving forward. After going to a second taping — this time with her daughter in tow — the two got a tour of Cosby’s New York Brownstone.

“Looking back, that first invite from Cosby to his home seems like part of a perfectly laid out plan, a way to make me feel secure with him at all times,” she says. “It worked like a charm.”

Johnson says she came back to Cosby’s house a few days later to read for the Cosby Showpart they initially discussed, during which he wanted her to “pretend to be drunk” to see how she handled various scenes. She alleges that he insisted she drink a cappuccino from his espresso machine, even when she initially refused. She alleges that he drugged her though the coffee drink.

“Now let me explain this: I was a top model during the 70s, a period when drugs flowed at parties and photo shoots like bottled water at a health spa,” she discloses. “I’d had my fun and experimented with my fair share of mood enhancers. I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged — and drugged good.”

“My head became woozy, my speech became slurred, and the room began to spin nonstop,” she alleges. “He put his hands around my waist, and I managed to put my hand on his shoulder in order to steady myself. As I felt my body go completely limp, my brain switched into automatic-survival mode. That meant making sure Cosby understood that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.”

She lashed out by telling him, “You are a motherf*cker aren’t you?” Johnson says that after repeatedly calling Cosby a “motherf*cker,” he became so angry that he dragged her down the stairs and shoved her into a taxi cab.

“The next day I woke up in my own bed after falling into a deep sleep that lasted most of the day,” she says. “I had no memory of how I got into my apartment or into my bed, though most likely my doorman helped me out. I sat in there still stunned by what happened the night before, confused and devastated by the idea that someone I admired so much had tried to take advantage of me, and used drugs to do so. Had I done something to encourage his actions?”

Deciding to confront Cosby shortly about the incident, she says she dialed the private number he gave her, but was shocked when his wife Camille picked up. She claims Camille told her it was “very late” — 11 p.m. — and that the two were in bed together.

Johnson says she never called back. “At a certain moment it became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife,” she explains. “How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch? In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby. I had a career that would no doubt take a huge hit if I went public with my story and I certainly couldn’t afford that after my costly divorce and ongoing court fees.”

About her decision to previously stay silent as more women began to come forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby, she says the “plight of the black male” — referencing the recent headline-making cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner — made her hesitant to tell her story.

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Watch How 5 Bill Cosby’s Accusers Speak Out on CNN

CNN brought five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and rape to its studios on Monday where Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota interviewed them on a special titled “The Cosby Show: A Legend Under Fire.”

The five women included Joan Tarshis, Barbara Bowman, Kristina Ruehli, Patty Mastin and Victoria Valentino.

“He’s a fake. He’s a pretender, and behind that he’s a sociopath,” said Kristina Ruehli, who claimed the comedian drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 1965.


Another Cosby Accuser…

A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, “Take these.”

“My next memory is clearly feeling drugged, being without my clothes, standing up,” she said. “Bill Cosby was behind me, having sex with me.”

Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment. Cosby’s lawyer, in a statement released Sunday, criticized previous “decades-old, discredited allegations,” stating that “the fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”

Cosby attorney Marty Singer issued statements Thursday denying allegations made by three other women. The women spoke to other media outlets, and their names and accounts have not been published by the AP.

Singer called one of the women “the latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories about my client.”

“People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy,” he said of another of the women.

Serignese, whose claims Singer did not address, says after the alleged rape, she willingly stayed with Cosby in Las Vegas for some time but could not specify how long or whether the two had sex again during their time together. The two also maintained sporadic contact for years after the alleged rape.

In an interview with the AP on Thursday, Serignese said she was standing in a Hilton gift shop when she felt someone approach her, put his arm around her and say, “Will you marry me?” When she turned around, it was Cosby. She said they had a friendly conversation and he invited her to the show.

Afterward, she said she was escorted to the green room, where she said the rape took place.

Several years later around 1980 or 1981, she said, Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, saying he wanted to give her Louis Vuitton luggage, but she declined. Years after that, she said, she reached out to him when he was performing in the Detroit area, where she said she went to his hotel room after the show. She said he had encouraged her to go back to school and could not remember whether the two had sex.

Serignese said Cosby sent her $10,000 via Western Union. A couple days later, she said she received a second payment of $5,000 from his management company, the William Morris Agency. She provided a letter from the management company signed by William Morris agent Tom Illius who represented Bill Cosby at the time. Illius died in 2011.

She said Constand’s attorneys agreed to represent her but she decided not to sue. An attorney involved in the civil case could not comment because of the settlement’s confidentiality clause.

“There’s no DNA. There’s no evidence. There was no cameras. There’s no videotaping back then. There’s no proof,” she said. “It’s just my word against Bill Cosby.”

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