This past Thursday actor Bill Cosby won his defamation lawsuit in a Pennsylvania court. On January 21st, a federal judge ruled in Cosby’s favor, dismissing three claims of defamation. Back in October 2015, Renita Hill filed the civil suit against Cosby, and is just one of the 50 or more women who have publically accused him of assault.
In the suit, Hill claims that Cosby and his lawyer, Monique Pressley, defamed her in the media. Judge Arthur J. Schwab disagreed, ruling that the statements made “do not support a claim for defamation as defined by Pennsylvania law.” Cosby and Pressley simply replied that the women coming forward had “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories,” and that “people should fact check.”
After the ruling, Pressley made a statement saying: “None of the facts alleged by [Hill] supported her claims for defamation, false light, or intentional infliction of emotional distress under Pennsylvania law. It is our hope that courts in other jurisdictions with similar matters will respond in like manner.”
It seems that Pressley’s faith in the justice system may be working. Cosby still has many other suits against him, including an assault case in another Pennsylvania court. On New Years Eve 2015, the lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand charged Cosby with aggravated indecent assault that allegedly took place more than a decade ago. It is also the case where a judge ruled to unseal officially sealed documents.
In recent news, according to Celebnewsplus.com, an email has been found between the then Pennsylvania DA and his successor, detailing the conditions to “sealing the deal,” back in 2005 which could lead to Cosby being able to file against the county and the DA personally.
Bill Cosby has always maintained his innocence since being accused by Hill, Constand and the other women who claim sexual assault. Yet, if convicted, specifically in Constand’s case, Cosby can face up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
Written By: Melody Lanei