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Massachusetts Federal Judge dismissed civil defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

17 February 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Boston, MA, United States (4E) – One of the defamation lawsuits against Bill Cosby was dismissed by a federal judge in Massachusetts.

Judge Mark Mastroianni said in a ruling on Thursday that the lawsuit by Katherine McKee did not have enough merits in evidence to show that Cosby defamed her when his representatives called a 2014 New York Daily News article that her allegations were defamatory. The legal team of Cosby also asked for a retraction of the article.

In the story, McKee said the comedian raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974. McKee was among more than 50 women who have come out and released their story against Cosby. She is also one of the eight women suing Cosby for defamation in Massachusetts.

McKee or her legal team had not yet commented on the ruling. As for Cosby, a representative called the ruling the correct move. Cosby also took to Twitter to post a copy of the ruling. This marks the first defamation lawsuit against Cosby that was dismissed.

Despite the dismissal, Cosby still faces criminal charges in Pennsyvlania regarding Andrea Constand , a former employee at the alma mater of Cosby, Temple University. She accused he sexually assaulted her and the comedian pleaded not guilty.

Cosby and his legal team have been trying to get the charges to be dismissed. His trial on the Constand case this summer and he has also been trying to block women who will be taking the stand.

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