For­mer teen-ac­tress asks court to re­vive Cosby law­suit

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

A for­mer teen-ac­tress who ac­cuses Bill Cosby of mo­lest­ing her asked a fed­eral ap­peals court Fri­day in Philadel­phia to re­vive her defama­tion law­suit against the co­me­dian.

Renita Hill, of Pitts­burgh, said she was de­famed when Cosby, his wife and his then-lawyer ques­tioned abuse accusations raised in late 2014 by Hill and other women. Cosby lawyer Martin Singer called the new ac­counts “fan­tas­ti­cal,” “ridicu­lous,” “il­log­i­cal” and be­yond “ab­surd.”

A fed­eral court in Mas­sachusetts has al­lowed seven women to sue Cosby for defama­tion over the state­ment, but a Pitts­burgh judge dis­missed Hill’s law­suit.

In oral ar­gu­ments Fri­day, the ap­peals court judges pep­pered her lawyer with ques­tions about whether the com­ments amounted to defama­tion. They did not in­di­cate when they would rule.

Los An­ge­les lawyer An­gela C. Agrusa, de­fend­ing Cosby, said that Singer’s state­ment was “pure opin­ion” that, if any­thing, at­tacked the press for print­ing the accusations.

Hill’s lawyer, Ge­orge M. Kon­tos, of Pitts­burgh, said Singer un­fairly im­plied the women’s claims had been in­ves­ti­gated and proven un­true.

“Over and over again, we have re­futed th­ese new, un­sub­stan­ti­ated sto­ries with doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence,” Singer wrote in the state­ment. “When will it end?”

Hill ac­cuses Cosby of drug­ging and sex­u­ally mo­lest­ing her, start­ing when she was 16, after they met on the TV show, “Pic­ture Pages,” in 1983.

Cosby, now 79, is await­ing trial in June on charges he drugged and mo­lested a woman at his sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia home in 2004. Cosby has called his sex­ual en­coun­ters with other women con­sen­sual.

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