Comedian Bill Cosby sued model Beverly Johnson on Monday, saying she defamed him by accusing him of drugging her, and making her the eighth accuser he has filed suit against this month.
Johnson is among more than 50 women who have come forward in the past year with claims that Cosby had drugged, and in numerous cases, sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.
Cosby's suit charges that Johnson, a leading model in the 1970s and '80s and one of his most high-profile accusers, defamed him and intentionally inflicted emotional distress. He is demanding a jury trial, court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court showed.
Cosby representative Monique Pressley said in a statement that "Mr. Cosby states that he never drugged defendant and her story is a lie." A representative for Johnson was not immediately reached for comment.
Cosby, 78, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has never been criminally charged. Many of the alleged incidents occurred decades ago and the statute of limitations for prosecuting them expired long ago.
Last week, Cosby filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts, suing seven of the accusers for defamation. The seven women had filed suit against Cosby last December accusing him of assault, libel and slander.
Johnson, 63, wrote a detailed article in Vanity Fair in November 2014 about her encounter with Cosby in the mid-1980s, saying she was invited by the comedian, best known for his role in the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show," to his home where he allegedly drugged her coffee.
She later gave interviews to news programs including ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Nightline" reiterating her claims.
Cosby's lawsuit says he had never spent any time alone with Johnson at his home. The comedian asked for an injunction requiring Johnson to retract her public statements and remove a chapter on him from her memoir.
The wave of allegations against Cosby have scuttled the comedian's acting projects and live shows in the past year.
Court documents unsealed in July showed that Cosby testified in a 2005 deposition that he had obtained Quaaludes pills with the intent of giving the sedatives to young women in order to have sex with them.
The admission during testimony in a civil case brought by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her. That case was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006.
Let's hear it from Witchy ;
Any lawyer who would take on Crosby's suits is not worth the money he will get. Cosby is a blot on the already dirty Hollywood life style. We hate to see his ugly face anymore. Go away.
Please keep this phony cruds' ugly face off my computer. Why is Hollywood and the nightly news soft balling this rapist as far as letting us hear more from the women he has so smugly abused. Where's NOW ladies, where's the VIEW, where's Sharpton, and Jesse?? Yeah, yeah I know let's just keep propping up the likes of "black lives matter", the journalist abilities of the news these days is only cover what they want you to see/hear. Piss on the press. Go away bill, you stink up the whole place.
No matter who you sue or what you say will excuse you for the things you have done . Maybe you should have kept the Cobra it may have gave you the cheap thrill you needed instead of being the dirt bag you become .
Of those 50 women, I suppose it's a possibility that a few of them could be making it up, for the purpose of financial gain and perhaps because they have some kind of past grudge against Cosby, but I have no doubt that Cosby did what the majority of them said he did to them. Even Cosby himself admitted in a court deposition that he purchased sleeping pills to give to women. Since Bill Cosby is the least type of person to do this sort of thing, given his wholesome, family-friendly personality, then it just goes to show that anybody can be a sexual deviant.
Once an asshole always an asshole.! HeHe