Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson For Defamation

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Bill Cosby sued supermodel Beverly Johnson for libel on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

According to TMZ, in his suit, the former “Cosby Show” star says that Johnson is using her tale to revive her career. Johnson accused Cosby of medication and attempting to sexually assault her in the 1980 s, claims which the comedian maintains are false.

The celebrity news site also reports that in an attempt to refute Johnson’s tale — she says that she was medication while dining alone with Cosby at his house — the comedian claims he only ever dined with the model while his wife was present; he never had dinner alone with her.

Cosby’s lawsuit, obtained by AP( via Page Six ), states 😛 TAGEND

“[ Johnson’s] false accusations against Mr. Cosby have been the centerpiece of her attempted resurgence and she has played them to the hilt, repeatedly and maliciously publishing the false accusations in articles, interviews, and television appearances.”

In response to the countersuit, Johnson gave the following statement to The Huffington Post( received by email from her publicist ):

“I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby. 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 child victims involved. Thank you.”

This lawsuit against Johnson arrives a week after Cosby sued seven of his other accusers, also for libel.

In that suit, Cosby claimed that the women built “malicious, opportunistic and false and libelous accusations of sexual misconduct against him, ” as well as “knowingly published false statements and accusations.”

News of the comedian’s suit against Johnson caught “members attention” of Hollywood filmmaker Judd Apatow, who responded on Twitter with a series of thwarted and disappointed tweets.

This isn’t the first time Apatow has spoken out about Cosby and the accusations against him.

This past summer, the author and comedian told Esquire magazine, “We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to acknowledge it to believe 40 people who were victimized by him. I am sure there are many victims who have not come forward. Maybe now more people in show business and all around our country will stand up and tell the people he assaulted that we support you and believe you.”

He also spoke about the issue during an interview with Marc Maron for the WTF podcast, explaining his reason for continuing to tweet about Cosby.

“One thing that I do know is I’m not comfy with him running around the country doing stand-up like nothing’s happening, ” Apatow said. “I guess, on some level, I feel like I can’t be a part of solving that many problems in the world — I do my best to get involved where I can be effective — but this is our neighborhood. […] I utterly would like to see him in jail. That’s where people who commit sexual assaults go.”

More than 50 women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against Bill Cosby.

Cosby’s lawyers have continually denied the allegations and no criminal charges have ever been filed, though Cosby has testified under oath that he bought Quaaludes with the intent of dedicating them to girls he wanted to have sex with.

Note: This post has been updated to include Johnson’s statement to The Huffington Post.

Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com

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