Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation #BlackHeroesMatter

Bill Cosby is suing model Beverly Johnson for defamation, his lawyer Monique Pressley is said to have told ABC News.
According to Pressley, the comedian filed a lawsuit on Monday in California, alleging that Johnson has made "false, malicious, opportunistic and defamatory accusations" that he drugged her nearly three decades ago.
Cosby is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, a retraction of her statements, and the removal of the chapter from her memoir in which the incident is mentioned. He also wants unsold copies of her memoir removed from circulation.
"Mr. Cosby states that he never drugged defendant and her story is a lie," Pressley told ABC News in a statement. "The suit further states that defendant’s entirely fabricated accusations are nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to resuscitate her own career and benefit herself financially from the wave of media attention surrounding her false allegations against Mr. Cosby, including the use of that attention as a basis to generate interest in, and promote sales of her recently published memoir, which devotes an entire chapter to the same lies about Mr. Cosby drugging her that she has repeated to every media publication, newspaper, magazine, or TV show that will hear her."
Johnson said in a statement that she was aware of the suit.
"I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby," she said. "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. Thank you."

Source: ABC News

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