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On Monday, Dec. 14, Bill Cosby filed a counter-suit against seven of his women accusers for defamation, essentially accusing them of character assassination.

According to an MSNBC report, the new filing alleges the women accusers caused Mr. Cosby “emotional distress.” To this was added additional charges of  “false allegations” and “illegal ‘interference’ with his show business career.”

In the motion, Cosby requests the judge issue a “permanent injunction to prohibit the women from making their accusations against him.”

Joe Cammarata, legal counsel for the seven women, speaking in an interview with MSNBC, had this to say:

“Is anybody surprised? … Scores of women come forward with accusations of sexual assault and abuse … and [Cosby] singles out seven – it sounds a bit like retaliation to me.”

Cosby’s counter-suit, a response to a previous defamation suit filed by three of the seven women accusers — Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, and Linda Traitz — who alleged that Cosby “defamed their reputations by lying about them,” claims the women are causing his business to suffer. MSNBC reports that the file claims Cosby’s accusers

“‘induced’ Netflix and NBC to drop Cosby from TV shows, because they launched a “campaign to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s reputation and character by willfully, maliciously and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of multidecade-old purported sexual misconduct.”

However, Cammarata told MSNBC that an opportunity to present their case in open court would dispel any doubt about falsity behind the allegation of his clients attempting to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s character:

“We have been saying from the beginning, we welcome an opportunity to present their case in a courthouse. It’s a forum where truth can be tried, and the rules apply fully and fairly to both sides.”

And that just may happen, as Cosby is scheduled for deposition in upcoming February, just after his wife Camille Cosby, who will deliver her deposition on Jan. 6.

Read more at MSNBC.

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Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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