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Bill Cosby is countersuing 7 of his accusers for defamation

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Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit in a Massachusetts court on Monday against seven of the women who have accused him of sexual assault or rape. His lawyer, Monique Pressley, announced the lawsuit with a statement posted on Twitter. According to Pressley, Cosby has suffered “substantial injuries” to his reputation, business contracts, as well as damage to his property. Cosby is countersuing Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie, all of whom have leveled sexual misconduct allegations at the comedian. He’s suing for “defamation per se, defamation, tortious interference and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” the statement said. Pressley said the allegations against Cosby are part of an effort to “assassinate his character” to “extract financial gains.” “Mr. Cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants,” Pressley said in the statement. News of the countersuit came almost simultaneously as Boston University announced that it has revoked Cosby’s honorary degree — awarded just last year — over the sex abuse claims. In statement, Boston University president Robert Brown said Cosby’s conduct “demonstrates that his character fails to reflect the integrity and virtues that the university values and esteems in members of its community, and in those persons the University holds up for this particular honor.”

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