Judge Rules That a Defamation Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby May Continue

Aimée Lutkin 08/19/2017. 5 comments
Bill Cosby Marty Singer Libel Kristina Ruehli Mark Mastroianni

In 2014, Tamara Green and six other women filed a libel lawsuit against Bill Cosby in Massachusetts, after his attorney Marty Singer made some disparaging remarks about the many, many women who have come forward with rape accusations against the comedian. In October of last year, a judge rejected Singer’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit. On Friday, a judge also said he wouldn’t dismiss a separate defamation suit from a woman named Kristina Ruehli , who also says she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby.

Way back in November of 2014, Singer called allegations from Cosby accusers “fantastical”:

“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity. These brand new claims about alleged decades old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assault over a span of so many years.”

On the same day Singer made those remarks, Ruehli’s allegations were published in Philadelphia Magazine; in that piece, she said she met Cosby in 1965 and was invited to a party at his home. She claims that after a few drinks she passed out and woke up to Cosby attempting to force oral sex on her.

Singer has been trying to dismiss her libel suit as well, saying that because both statements came out the same day, he could not possibly have been referring to Ruehli, or even been aware that she was accusing Cosby of assault.

But The Hollywood Reporter reports that the judge hearing the motion, Mark Mastroianni, has decided that Ruehli’s case may continue, writing that there’s a reasonable case that Singer was partly referring to her:

“Still, Plaintiff has alleged sufficient facts in support of the inference that Singer’s statement was in part directed at her, namely, that the reporter for Philadelphia Magazine left messages with Defendant’s agents twice on November 20, 2014, that the Singer statement was published after the Philadelphia Magazine article was published, and that Defendant and his agents were aware of Plaintiff’s public accusation when the Singer statement was released.

Ruehli’s lawsuit accuses Cosby, through Singer, of making false statements that held her up to “public scorn and ridicule” and caused her emotional distress.

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