Insurer draws Cosby’s wrath with settlement
Bill Cosby’s insurance company, American International Group, has settled a sexual battery lawsuit that was filed against him by Chloe Goins, a model who accused Cosby of assaulting her in 2008, the incarcerated comedian’s office said Tuesday.
Cosby, who is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison for assaulting another woman in 2004, lashed out at AIG, saying the settlement – whose terms were not disclosed – was “unauthorized.”
“AIG continues to act egregiously by settling these heinous claims without my knowledge and/or consent,” Cosby said in a statement that his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, said he took down over the phone Monday.
In 2016, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to bring criminal charges in the Goins case, saying possible misdemeanor charges were barred by the statute of limitations and that there was insufficient evidence to pursue more serious charges. Cosby said his legal team had provided medical records to show that he was in New York recovering from eye surgery at the time that Goins said he assaulted her.
In early April, seven other women agreed to settle claims of defamation, which they brought against Cosby in federal court in Massachusetts after he accused them of falsely saying he had sexually assaulted them. AIG, as Cosby’s insurer, also settled those claims. Cosby has said through his spokesman that he plans to continue pursuing counterclaims against the women, in the Goins case and the others.