Bill Cosby's lawyers ask judge in Springfield to toss out defama - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Bill Cosby's lawyers ask judge in Springfield to toss out defamation suit

Posted: Updated:
(Image courtesy: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia / MGN) (Image courtesy: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia / MGN)

By PHILIP MARCELO

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Bill Cosby's lawyers have asked a federal judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women who accuse the comedian of decades-old sexual assaults.

His lawyers said Monday that the actor was merely acting in "self-defense" when his representatives responded to the allegations through statements to the media.

They say some comments are protected speech while the statute of limitations has expired in others.

The "Cosby Show" actor wasn't at the hearing, but one of his accusers, Tamara Green, was.

Green and two other women say their reputations were tarnished because of how Cosby responded to their allegations.

The women are among dozens who have stepped forward in recent years with accusations against Cosby, who hasn't been charged with a crime.

The judge did not immediately rule.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WGGB/WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.