Bill Cosby Asserts 'Self-Defense' Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

February 27, 2015 7:41 PM

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Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them. On Friday, Cosby's lawyers told a Massachusetts judge to dismiss a defamation claim made by three women on the basis that if he branded them liars in statements to the press, he was within his rights to make "privileged utterances of self-defense."

The lawsuit was originally filed by Tamara Green, who claims to have been a victim of Cosby's in the 1970s and had her reputation tarnished when Cosby's publicist told Newsweek that Green was "discredited" and Cosby's lawyer told The Washington Post that "the incident she describes did not happen."

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